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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Government shift on PIP's following Intensive Backbench Lib Dem campaign

February 1, 2013 11:45 AM

The Government have today made some important changes to the 'moving around' component of the Personal Independent Payments (PIP), which determines how much support people with mobility receive, thanks to intensive lobbying from Liberal Democrats in the Commons and the Lords, lead by Stephen Lloyd MP and Baroness Thomas.

There was real concern from disability campaigners with the plans that change the distance specified in the regulations for the enhanced mobility rate from 50 meters to 20 meters, particularly that they were unclear and ambiguous and that some people who could only walk a very short distance may have failed to qualify for the enhanced rate.

Thanks to the intensive lobbying from Liberal Democrats in the Lords and the Commons, the phrase 'reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely manner' will now be featured directly in the regulations, rather than just being a guideline.

Welcoming the news Lib Dem DWP Co-Chair, Greg Mulholland said: "There was considerable concern from disabled groups and disabled people with the PIP regulations as they were initially published, particularly with the lack of clarity and the fact that some people who could only walk a very short distance would not be eligible for the enhanced rate.

"As a result of the excellent work done by Stephen Lloyd MP and Baroness Celia Thomas, the Liberal Democrats have ensured that the phrase reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely manner' will now be included directly in the regulations. This will help make the process clearer and fairer for thousands of disabled people who could have been at risk of losing their motability vehicles.

Stephen Lloyd MP, who is also a member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee added: "I am delighted the DWP have taken on board the profound concerns myself and other Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians had over the original proposals. This announcement from the Coalition effectively means that all those disabled people who were anxious about losing their Motability cars or vans in the future can now rest easy. I would also like to thank Disability Rights UK and the MS Society for all the assistance they have given me over this vital issue"