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Walking speed

rigetriget Member Posts: 29 Listener
edited August 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi, do assessors take this into account? After being told the claimant couldn't walk at more than half the normal walking speed the assessor was more interested in how far they could walk before having to stop.



  • cristobalcristobal Member Posts: 987 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2019

    They should do as it's part of 'reliability' which applies to all the descriptors.

    If your condition prevents you walking at more than half the speed of an unimpaired person then, in theory, it matters not how far you can walk. Even if it was one mile it wouldn't be 'reliable'

    In my experience (admittedly based on only one claim) and reading posts on here the assessors don't take this into account.
  • jajajaja Member Posts: 76 Pioneering
    Hello there

    I'm not an expert but in my experience they do take it into account. It is very difficult to answer though as most people don't go around measuring these things. They seem to want to know how long and how far. I assume it is so they can decide the difference between someone with a disability and someone without.

    I am sure there is a time issue in the regulations too. It is something like it should take two or three times the time it takes a person without the disability. I'm sorry I can't remember exactly. I sure there will be lots of replies soon.

    There is a the reliable (to a good standard), repeatable (as often as needed) and safely rule which states tasks should be able to be completed to this rule. If they can't then points should be awarded.

    I'm not sure I have been that helpful but maybe I have given you some idea of things to research.

    Take care


  • kentpete123kentpete123 Member Posts: 39 Connected
    I have pulmonary rehab twice a week so my walking distance is measured 14m before I have to rest (severe COPD) I have a letter from then stating maximum 50m not in reasonable time and can't repeat have included this with my new pip claim will see what happens and keep you guys informed 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    edited July 2019
    Yes. My son has a birth defect that affects his walking ability significantly. I used the additional information box to give them more details. I recommend that you read all of the descriptors carefully then decide which one best fits.
    Activity 12 is about your walking ability. There are a number of letters A to E that are used to help claimants understand. 
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