less than 20m walking for pip

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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john240870john240870 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
Iam reading this right you can be able to walk 200m and still get The Enhanced rate of the mobility component every one goes on about having to be able to walk less then 20m in order to be given The Enhanced rate of the mobility component but this is not true. Or am I missing something.
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  • elsienelsien Forumite
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    What are you reading? You need to score 12 points for the enhanced rate, so if you can stand and move more than 200m aided or unaided which is zero points, then you would have to score 12 points on the planning/ following journeys descriptor instead.
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    so yes I did read it right which everyone would stop saying you have to walk less then 20m to get the Enhanced rate of the mobility as this is not true
  • elsienelsien Forumite
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    The way the DWP are interpreting the rules makes it very difficult to get the 12 points on the planning/navigating though, and that is what people tend to mean when they are referring to it.

    https://medium.com/adviser/applying-the-pip-mobility-descriptors-81dc09c314af
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  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    john240870 wrote: »
    so yes I did read it right which everyone would stop saying you have to walk less then 20m to get the Enhanced rate of the mobility as this is not true
    Elsien is correct, it's extremely difficult to get Enhanced mobility on the following and planning a journey part.
  • john240870john240870 Forumite
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    poppy12345 wrote: »
    Elsien is correct, it's extremely difficult to get Enhanced mobility on the following and planning a journey part.
    But not imposable
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    john240870 wrote: »
    But not imposable
    No one said it was impossible. My daughter has just been awarded Enhanced mobility for following and planning a journey. She's never been out alone because she doesn't have the capacity to do so.

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    its if you can walk the distance safely ,if you trip and fall the distance does not come into it
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    Its also not just the ability to physically move from point A to point B (despite the fact mostvassessors and decision makers tend to forget this)

    Yes someone may be able to 'walk' more than 20m or even 200m, but it depends on whether they can do so safely, and without pain, needing to stop, falling, time taken, etc etc.

    I cant take a single step without increasing already severe constant pain I have at rest. I move slowly, have limited ability to bend my knee, and walk using an aid.

    Im therefore considered to be unable to walk 20m,despite the fact that in order to function on a daily basis, i.e go to work, I have to walk in excess of 20m to get to my desk.

    The problem is that the DWP and their assessors continually fail to adhere to the legislation, and simply make decisions based on distance travelled alone which is incorrect.
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    I think that the more important question is :
    Does the assessor test your mobility using an aid (such as a splint) or without one ?
    I have asked DWP this question several times in the past and never have received a definite reply......
    For myself (and many other people) can walk (virtually) any distance with a splint on - but struggle to walk even 50 yards without one ..
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    50Twuncle wrote: »
    I think that the more important question is :
    Does the assessor test your mobility using an aid (such as a splint) or without one ?
    I have asked DWP this question several times in the past and never have received a definite reply......
    For myself (and many other people) can walk (virtually) any distance with a splint on - but struggle to walk even 50 yards without one ..

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