My mum has just got onto the internet, at the grand old age of 73.
This is a bit of a mixed blessing, because it does mean she can now e-mail, instead of at least one hour on the phone every week, dwelling on all her ailments.
But she can now also Google anything, and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Have had an argument this afternoon, because she’s convinced that because I have MS, I will automatically get PIP, and a free mobility car!
She’s read on another website (not this one - about her own ailments, of course) that MS is an automatic disability, under the Equality Act 2010.
OK, so far so good, she’s not wrong there.
But she’s then gone on to read about PIP, and has made the leap (sadly unsupported by the facts) that if anyone with MS is “automatically” disabled under the 2010 Act, then it follows they’ll automatically get PIP.
“No, Mum, because I won’t qualify.”
“But you are disabled: it says so under the Act!”
“But Mum, that’s the workplace - it doesn’t work like that for benefits!”
“Well why won’t you get it?”
“Because it’s subject to a strict capability assessment: I would get 0 points for daily living, and 0 points for mobility - you need at least 15 points!”
“But if you have MS, don’t you automatically qualify? You could have a mobility car!”
Dream on, Mother! Quite irrelevant anyway, as what would be the point of a mobility car, to a non-driver? She’s convinced all I need to do is wave my diagnosis, and report to collect my free money. If only it were that simple, eh?