scrap the 20 metre rule
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hello . my name is alison lindores-tweddell i am starting this petition in support of people who suffer with ms (multiple sclerosis) which i am very sad to say my mother suffers from this also . the reason i am starting this petition is because of the new p.i.p benefit payment which will replace the D.L.A benefit payment . anyway i apologise im rabbiting on a little . as you all know people who are claiming benefits are called in to appointments to basically assess them on wether or not they are fit to work well there is now something thats called the 20 metre rule during these assessments which basically means that if you are able to walk 20 metres then you are considered fit for work and risk losing your benefits . my mother has had this horrible condition for 21 years and she had no choice but to stop working as her legs are continuing to get weaker she has mostly bad days now were she is unable to leave the house due to the pain she is in . she also suffers from severe tiredness everyday this is part of the condition but she has just been for one of these assessments and had to undergo the 20 metre rule . any medical professional should know that multiple sclerosis is a varying condition no 2 days are the same . i along with my siblings my father and our family have had to watch my mother cope everyday with this horrible condition . sadly there are thousands probably millions more people in this world suffering with this . this petition will hopefully get the attention of the prime minister and have her consider stopping this 20 metre rule . we have unfortunately had to read stories of people who suffer with ms and other people who are clearly unfit for work being told they are fit to work even people who are unfortunately now wheelchair bound even being told they are fit to work and losing there benefits mainly due to this 20 metre rule . my mother has always been a hard working tax payer as has my father they are both unable to work now due to ill health , they did not ask for this . so i am urging you all to sign this petition calling for the 20 metre rule to be stopped . thank you all for taking the time to read this and thank you all for helping xxx
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