Scrap the PIP 20 metre rule
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that's meant to help people with MS. But the PIP 20 metre rule means they're not getting the support they need.
Twenty metres is roughly the length of 2 double-decker buses. And if you can walk just one step over that, the UK Government says you don’t need higher level mobility support. Even if you’re using aids like a walking frame or stick.
The impact is huge
- 65% of people who lost support say it’s made their MS worse
- 39% have to use GP services more.
Enough is enough. PIP needs to change.
We had to cut back on heating and electricity. The house isn’t very well insulated, so it has been very cold. We also had to cut back on the cost of food. We don’t eat out of the house ever anyway, so this just meant cutting back on food for the family. Salah lives in Cardiff with his wife Maria and their children. He has secondary progressive MS
20 metres doesn't even get most people to their nearest bus stop. But being able to walk one step over that means less support for many people
Help show the senselessness of the 20 metre rule by sharing your 20 metres
- walk 25 - 30 steps (depending how long your stride is) from your house or workplace
- upload a picture or video of where you get to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
- use #ScrapPIP20m
Let's show the UK Government it's time to scrap the 20 metre rule.
20 metres only takes me from the kitchen sink to my front gate and nowhere beyond. But the government says walking 20m means you don't need the higher level of support. Time to scrap the 20m rule! #ScrapPIP20M pic.twitter.com/7COAPV1Sz5— Yvonne Trace (@yvonne_trace1) June 13, 2018