Letter: Scrap the PIP 20 metre rule

Date published: 10 September 2018

Dear Editor,

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 20 metre rule is failing people with MS.

Life is more expensive if you have MS and PIP is meant to help, but research shows many people with MS aren’t getting the support they need - and the 20-metre rule is the main reason for this.

The 20-metre rule is having a huge impact on people's lives and our public services: 65% of those who lost support say it has made their MS worse, and 39% are using GP services more.

It has been five years since PIP was introduced, but there is no evidence that people who can walk 21 metres need less support.

In June MS Society launched its campaign to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule.

So far, 23,458 people have signed the petition.

To make a difference, campaigners with MS Society need as many people as possible to add their voices.

Tell the UK Government to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule.

Please add your voice below and help reach the target of 25,000.

This can be done at the MS Society campaign action site at:

Thank you.


Andrew Wastling

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