I just about read the ‘20m rule’ being upheld in assesing for the PIP mobility component.
“Under these plans, if disabled people can walk more than just 20 metres – even using aids such as sticks – they will no longer qualify for the highest rate of the benefit”.
I find this quite worrying. Is the word ‘walk’ clearly defined? Like a lot of people I know with MS there is a huge difference for me between ‘walking’ with sticks and hauling my self along on crutches using mostly upper body strength to do so. Will the assesor recognise the difference? I see people walking with sticks regularly. Walking round garden centres, shops, town etc. This is hugely different from being able to haul yourself along for a few metres whilst endangering life and limb with the risk of tripping over, especially on uneven surfaces outdoors.
The loss of my car would have a huge impact on my life. It would render me housebound. It is my lifeline and with my hoist and mobility scooter I can retain my independance and sanity.