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TOPIC: distance & minutes before severe discomfort

Re: distance & minutes before severe discomfort 8 years 10 months ago #37197

Hi, The part i was quoting is from CDLA/0217/2009. It is the News Section of this site under the Headline, "Claimant who can walk and run gets High rate mobilty for icontinence". The decision in full can be downloaded. Best Wishes

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Re:distance & minutes before severe discomfort 8 years 10 months ago #37206

On the assumption that you pass the walking test by being able to do so without pain, then the test is usually phrased as the distance that can be walked without severe discomfort.

If you are already in in severe discomfort or pain at the time you start to walk then you would be deemed to have failed the test.

I think that exaplains it. :)

Gordon

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Re:distance & minutes before severe discomfort 8 years 10 months ago #37221

Hi Gordon,

That was not the position that I and my many colleagues took when I was a DLA Tribunal Member.

A person who is in 'severe discomfort' (pain is not mentioned in the legislation) at rest is 'unable to walk, and therefore meets the test, as would someone 'virtually unable to walk' who could only walk x yards, at y speed, in z minutes.

Legally, there is no minimum or maximum that a DLA claimant can walk in order to qualify for the HRM component of DLA.

Speed, distance and manner of walking, time taken to walk x yards are all factors to be considered.

Jim

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Last edit: by Jim Allison. Reason: Clarification.

Re:distance & minutes before severe discomfort 8 years 10 months ago #37226

Jim

I think we are actually in agreement :)

I always assume, because it is the DWPs test, that passing is seen as a negative thing, and therefore always talk about failing it.

I think its all about double negatives.

Gordon

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Re:distance & minutes before severe discomfort 8 years 10 months ago #37229

  • RachelPotter
Gordon,
I think we are all feeling 'doubly negative' at the moment! :)

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Re:distance & minutes before severe discomfort 8 years 10 months ago #37239

  • keira30
Thanks for all your help...the dreaded form has now been posted, i will keep you posted

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