Well I've just read the link that Jo kindly provided to the prospective guidelines to the new PIP and if this is the yardstick that the DWP is going to deploy then a lot of us are going to be getting a little brown envelope, inside which will say, "please return you mobility car in the morning"'.
It really is going to be distressing, not forgetting a financial catastrophe.
Previous criteria for getting theHigher Rate mobility allowance was by satisfying the DWP that "because of physical disability, you are unable or virtual unable to walk without severe discomfort" ........ The normal distance was latterly set at 100 yards.
As most of you know, it was a thankless task, even with letters from the finest consultants in the land, to get assessors to actually believe you.
It took me the best part of two years to get my award after appeals, fresh appeals and finally an appearance face to face with an Independent Panel eight months ago in Cardiff.
Now it seems that a proven inability to walk without severe discomfort or distress will no longer be deemed as needing financial assistance.
One must also meet one other criteria, one being that you are wheelchair bound or else suffer from " overwhelmingly psychological distress".
I must also add that my lower rate of care because I cannot cook simple meals for myself.
That's about £70 a week loss to me and I'm not sure how I can compensate for this.
Ironically, anyone 65 or over next April will be exempt, I miss the cut off date by 6 weeks!
Get yourselves ready for the poorhouse my friends, it's only about 6 months away.
Final when is a disabled person not a disabled person?
Answer ...... When he/she has COPD.