Anyone dealing with an incorrect mobility award for PIP – Take Note:
A FOI request has revealed the DWP admit the One Metre Rule is unfounded and agree ” it is time to review this figure” .
Read the full response below:
In your DLA1A Adult January 2014 form, titled Disability Living Allowance Notes, on page 10
question, 26 titled: Getting around outdoors:
You state: ‘the average adult step is just under one meter.’
I would like to be provided with the source of this statement.
Thank you for contacting us and bringing this to our attention.
Information published online quotes: ‘The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5
feet long, although this is dependent on age and health. It’s difficult to find a source of this
information which is typically quoted without reference.’
Investigations show that we have used this figure for many years and it has not been reviewed
recently. Discussions with a DWP Medical Policy Advisor have resulted in an agreement that it
is time to review this figure.
Thank you once again. It is feedback such as this which helps us improve the service we
provide to our customers.