Disabled activists are planning legal action over the government’s decision to tighten eligibility for support for people with the highest mobility needs.
Many disabled activists were shocked and angry when Esther McVey, the Conservative minister for disabled people, announced the unexpected changes in December.
The alterations to the regulations that will decide who is eligible for the new personal independence payment (PIP) – which will gradually replace working-age disability living allowance from this April – saw the key walking distance criteria reduced from 50 to 20 metres.
Lawyers advising the WeAreSpartacus online network of disabled campaigners have now suggested that this lowering of the distance criteria could be unlawful.
Jane Young, coordinator of WeAreSpartacus, said: "The reason for a legal challenge and a great part of its basis in law is that there was absolutely no consultation on 20 metres at all.