U. T. - confirmation the 'Regulation 4(4)(c)' rule. Walking speed.
In decision CPIP/2292/2016, the Upper Tribunal has confirmed the 'Regulation 4(4)(c)' rule.
This states, effectively, that someone with a limiting condition who walks twice as slowly as a person who doesn't have their limiting condition is entitled to an award of the mobility component of PIP under descriptor 2.
The Upper Tribunal also said that anyone who walks more than twice as slowly as a non-disabled person can't claim that their walking is too slow to be of an acceptable standard under Regulation 4(2A)(b).
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The full judgement can be read here:
So basically this is saying that if you walk slowly due to your medical condition you will get a mobility award.
People have been asking what speed of walking qualifies as half as fast as that of a non disabled person. The following figures from the Government's Road Research Laboratory may be useful.
If you're a man aged under 55, you'd be expected to walk about 100 metres in a minute. So twice as long would be 50 metres in a minute.
If you're a woman under 50, the expected distance is 84 metres in a minute. So twice is 44 metres in a minute.
If you're a man aged over 55, the expected distance is 92 metres so twice as slow is 46 metres in a minute.
If you're a woman over 50, the expected distance is 78 metres in a minute so twice as slow is 39 metres in a minute.
If you're a teenager or young adult, the expected distance is 108 metres in a minute so twice as slow would be 54 metres in a minute.
Why not time yourself walking for a minute several times and see how far you go? Then you'll have some hard data to put to DWP to support your claim for a mobility award.
Remember, if you are twice as slow as a non disabled person, the distance you can walk doesn't matter under rule 4 of the PIP regulations.
This information is provided by BuDS Benefit Information Project. It is only general information and you should take advice on your own case.
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