The new Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). As part of the changes, the Government has decided that people will be awarded 12 points and the enhanced rate of PIP mobility component, under the moving around activities, if they cannot stand and then walk more than 20 metres,   ‘safely, to an acceptable standard, repeatedly and in a timely fashion’, while anyone who cannot stand and then walk 50 metres safely, will only receive the standard rate of the mobility component of PIP.  Previously, under the Disability Living Allowance regulations a claimant would receive the enhanced rate if they were unable to walk 50 metres. These new regulations were announced by Esther McVey, (Minister for disabled people) in December 2012, without a public consultation. In response to an outcry by disabled people’s organisations, there is now a consultation on the ‘moving around’ component. You can read Merton CIL’s consultation: MCIL response to consultation on the PIP assessment Moving around activity

We also signed the response by Inclusion London, which you can read here: Inclusion London’s response to PIP Moving around consultation (Final)