MS Society Scotland petition urges changes to ’20 metre rule’

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 1st March 2021

MS Society Scotland are calling for 20 metre rule to be removed from the proposed Adult Disability Payment eligibility criteria.

The Scottish Government is consulting on the Adult Disability Payment (ADP), which will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in Scotland. As part of their submission to the ADP consultation, MS Society Scotland have been speaking to the MS community to gather feedback.

There is substantial concern in relation to the 20 metre descriptor used in the eligibility criteria to assess mobility. This sets out that to be eligible for entitlement to ADP, an individual must be unable to walk more than 20 metres. Since the introduction of PIP and the 20 metre rule, one in three people with MS have had their support downgraded, including one in ten who have lost support altogether.

There are specific concerns about 20 metres being too short a distance, and the criteria failing to recognise the needs of individuals with a range of disabilities and health conditions, particularly those who experience fluctuations in how their mobility is impacted.

MS Society Scotland are therefore urging the Scottish Government to remove the 20 metre rule from the proposed ADP framework. The position is supported by Citizens Advice Scotland.

You can read more and sign the petition via the Scottish Parliament website (this link will take you away from our website). The closing date for the online petition is Wednesday 17 March 2021.

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