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TOPIC: Q12 moving around

Q12 moving around 1 week 2 days ago #246091

hello

can you help to explain as i am writing note regarding this question for a MR, my husband has MS and was awarded standard mobility in 2017 but not awarded recently when assessed although he was never asked to get up and move about at the home assessment and his physical examination showed less power in more of his limbs .

i believe he meets the description of 12c or d and have listed his symptoms but cannot get my brian to work out which on is right and what do i write to explain. my hubby can walk about 3-4 buses in length unaided but with me presence for reassurance, then he uses his walking stick for help. he never goes out alone incase he falls as he would not be able to get up on his own and he is now anxious anyway about going out so he would never go alone, he hasn't been out alone for 4 years.

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Q12 moving around 1 week 2 days ago #246092

Hi Michele

You are not required to walk pain free but any pain that restricts the distance that you can walk should be taken into account.

Specifically for the Moving Around activity, if you are able to walk but you are in severe pain when doing so, then you can argue that your walking is not to a necessary standard and should be disregarded.

The legal test requires you to stand and then move (walk), so if you have problems getting up then you should document these as well.

If you walk slowly then it must take you at least twice the time to cover the distance as a healthy person would, this could be down to the speed of your walking but could also be the result of having to stop.

You must be able to repeat the distance, so if you could walk it once but not then be able to walk it again within a reasonable timescale then you should be classed as unable to repeat the activity.

Things you need to think about is what your husband can't do, for example where can he walk in the home, how far is the toilet from where he normally sit, things that will count against him are any trips that he makes outside, so for example, how does he do his shopping?

He must be able to walk the distance he can, reliably and on the majority of days, both these terms are defined in the PIP Claim guide

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

So you need to explain what he can do, how he is limited and why?

Gary

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