Trapped In PIPVILLE: Scrap 20m Rule Says MS Society

Benefits

by  in UNITE.

 

People with multiple sclerosis spent yesterday huddled outside Westminster in protest of the cruel PIP 20 metre rule before delivering a petition for the rule to be scrapped for Secretary of State for Work and pensions Esther McVey.

The protesters spent the day trapped in PIPville, a fictional representation of the homes they feel trapped in due to the 20 metre rule, installed by the MS Society. The MS Society say the 20 metre rule is the main reason why people living with MS have their benefits cut: under this rule, those who can walk one step over 20 metres do not qualify for the right level of support.

The charity says that at least 9,400 people living with MS have lost the high rate of PIP due to this unfair rule in the move from Disability Living Allowance or as a new claimant – and by the time PIP is fully instated, a further 6,400 could lose out.

 

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