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Published:30 July 2013

Sign up to stop 20-metre rule

Epilepsy Society is calling on people to support a bid by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) to get the proposed '20 metre rule'  for people with a disability scrapped.

The 20-metre rule is the new distance that has been introduced for people to qualify for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Plan (PIP). It is less than the length of two buses, and differs from the distance of 50 metres typically used to assess people for the upper rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The PIP criteria state that only those who, ‘Can stand and then move more than one metre but no more than 20 metres, either aided or unaided’ will qualify for the enhanced rate of the mobility component. Individuals must be able to complete the distance safely, to an acceptable standard, repeatedly and in a reasonable time period, but can use aids such as walking sticks, crutches and prostheses.

The DBC is a national coalition of over 50 charities, including Epilepsy Society, committed to working towards a fair benefits system.

Visit the DBC website to find out how you can help and for more information.