Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd April 2019.

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Photo of Heidi Allen Heidi Allen Acting Leader, Change UK

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in reference to research published by the MS Society in March 2019, whether her Department has plans to undertake a review the effect of the introduction of the 20-metre rule for personal independence payment on costs to other Departments.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The enhanced rate of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mobility component was always intended to be for those "unable" or "virtually unable" to walk.

We believe the current PIP assessment criteria, including the 20 metres distance, are the best way of identifying those whose physical mobility is most limited.

Senior Officials are in contact with the MS Society and will be meeting them in the coming weeks to discuss the latest research.

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