In calling for the removal of the 20 metre rule when it comes to PIP (Personal Independence Payment) assessments, the MP for Rochdale, Tony Lloyd, has the backing of The British Polio Fellowship.
It is outrageous a claimant who can walk one step over 20m, (with mobility aids and no matter how long it takes them), will not qualify for the higher rate of mobility support. These sorts of limits are presumably devised by the able bodied, with no concept of reality. 85 per cent of us live within 590m of a bus stop, making the old 50m Disability Living Allowance (DLA) figure inadequate. Someone with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) may be fine over short distances, until fatigue takes its toll.
Our members have won on appeal thanks to our support services staff, but left seriously out of pocket as a consequence. People who can no longer work after losing mobility cars cease to be taxpayers and become benefit dependent. Even ignoring the moral argument, how can this be right or save the country money? The British Polio Fellowship will work with anyone to help ensure our members can live full and independent lives for longer and this is another PIP problem that needs a rethink from people who ought to try walking 20m in our shoes. If you need our support, call us on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
The British Polio Fellowship