By sheer coincidence, I placed an order for a new car last week just before the changes to the motability scheme were announced. I hadn't had a call to confirm the order went through OK so I phoned the showroom this morning in a bit of a panic that I wouldn't get my car now because of some hold up or other.
The sales rep told me that he'd had a similar panic last week when he'd heard, but that they had contacted Motability and we ARE still allowed to spend more than £2,000 - they just aren't advertising it any more. If anyone goes into a showroom and asks to buy a car on the Motability scheme that will be more than a £2,000 advance payment, they CAN still do it.
Of course, this is just one person's word (that I am hoping is correct!), but I thought I'd let you all know.