Ps have called for an inquiry into why a charitable scheme providing cars for the disabled paid its chief executive more than £1million in bonuses and benefits last year.
As reported in The Sunday Times, Mike Betts, head of not-for-profit company Motability Operations, took home bonuses totalling £911,915 in the year to September 2013, as well as a £125,000 payment in lieu of pension. This was on top of his basic salary of £501,900.
Contracted by the Motability charity, the company provides 630,000 vehicles for disabled people, including those injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, with customers using their disability benefit payments to pay for the scheme.
John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, who has examined the scheme’s finances, branded the situation as “scandalous”. He said there was no reason for Mr Betts, 52, to receive such bonuses because the company had no captive market and no competition.
He said: “There is no basis for any bonus at all. This money could be better spent on the disabled. It is an unreasonable and unfair amount of money to be paid.”
Under new, stricter criteria for eligibility, anybody who can walk more than 20 metres, even if this is with the aid of a prosthetic, crutches or walking stalk, will no longer be entitled to a vehicle.
Lord Sterling, the chairman and co-founder of the Motability charity, responding on Betts’s behalf, said: “Mike Betts is one of the most able executives I have ever come across.
“He is worth every penny he is paid. He runs Motability Operations with extremely high service levels which provide empathy and support for its disabled customers well beyond the norm.”
Neil Johnson, chairman of Motability Operations, added: “Mike Betts is an outstanding [chief executive officer] who has succeeded in leading Motability Operations over the last decade transforming the culture to achieve consistently high rates of customer satisfaction and value for money.”