The UK Government has bowed to pressure from disability campaigners over changes to the mobility component of DLA under the new Personal Independence Payments system. The Government wants to introduce a measure that will reduce the 50m rule to 20m – meaning that those who can walk 20 metres or more will be ineligible for the higher mobility component; a move that would affect 48,000 people in Scotland with disabilities. Many could lose their mobility vehicle as a result, effectively leaving some people housebound and unable to participate in daily life.
Personal Independence Payments, which will replace Disability Living Allowance by 2018 were introduced for new claimants on 10th June 2013.
The DWP will now consult on the proposal following widespread criticism and moves towards seeking a Judicial Review by campaigners.
Source: Capability Scotland