Scrap the PIP 20 metre rule
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that's meant to help people with MS live independent lives. But the PIP 20 metre rule means they're not getting the support they need.
Twenty metres is roughly the length of two 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.
Tell the government to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule
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. 36,000 of us agree, PIP must change.
Last year we took your voices to Westminster and showed the Department of Work and Pensions just how many people are trapped in their homes by the rule.
Take action on PIP
36,000 of us called on the UK Government to scrap the 20m rule last year.
This year, the UK Government are reviewing their spending. They’ll decide how to spend money over the next three years.
Our new research found the rule is predicted to cost the UK Government millions more than it saves by cutting PIP payments.
This is our chance to tell the Work and Pensions Secretary that the 20 metre rule simply doesn’t make sense – for the UK Government or people with MS.Tell the Work and Pensions Secretary it’s time to #ScrapPIP20m
Download our PIP reports
The cost of the PIP 20 rule executive summary (April 2019)
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The cost of the PIP 20 rule full report (April 2019)
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PIP: a step too far (June 2018)
PDF, 1.5 MB
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