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To: Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions

Scrap the change in mobility rules for PIP

Scrap the change in mobility rules for PIP

Scrap the change in rules for the Personal Independence Payment that reduces the distance threshold to determine if someone is eligible from 50 metres to 20 metres. This new reduced threshold does not reflect the true reality of the hurdles disabled people face not being able to walk more than 50 metres. We are calling on Iain Duncan Smith to scrap this unfair change and return to the old standard of 50 metres. I urge you to re-think this obviously money saving measure and think about the impact in will have on the disabled, and your possible re-election.

Why is this important?

Under the new qualifier, if you can walk from your vehicle to the other side of the road, you probably won't qualify for Higher Mobility Allowance! My Motability vehicle is my contact with the outside world. I can't use public transport, and would therefore be dependent on the goodwill of others. Many thousands are in this position, and would be trapped in their homes or deprived of the allowance under the current legislation.

I have a degenerative condition of the spine. As things currently stand I would not qualify for the higher mobility allowance because it is deemed that by walking 20 metres you have sufficient mobility and therefore do not qualify. This is obviously not true. My condition means that it can be difficult to walk those distances. But under the rules as they stand I would not qualify.

This will have a huge impact on my life, my wife and children. I was eligible for an adapted car, but under these news rules it may be that I don't qualify.

There are countless people like me, facing losing mobility assistance and becoming prisoners in their own homes. The government must rethink this rule change.

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Reasons for signing

  • Absolutely ridiculous changes, surely costing more to implement and process appeals s it was to leave it like it was?
  • I have lost my enhanced rate of what was dla have taken to appeal and lost i still get pip but have lost my motability car, therefore taking away my independence. Basically at appeal my problem is that they assume i can walk 50m even though i walk with two crutches and have done for 18 years. They don't consider that i pay the consequences and end up in pain and spend a lot of my days lying down.....living in a rural town buses stop at 4.15 and train st is 1.3miles away....taxis are expensive
  • I work in mental health and I can see the impact the PIP cuts have on people's lives and their risk to self.

Updates

2015-03-25 09:46:43 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2015-03-23 16:01:07 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2015-03-22 18:51:22 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2014-07-28 16:50:44 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-07-28 00:31:08 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-04-21 10:03:25 +0100

100 signatures reached