The recent decision to reduce the length people can walk in order to qualify for the new Personal Independence Payment is quite frankly disgraceful. Even to put a length at all really goes to show how backward human beings are in the understanding of how we move, why, the energies involved, the psychology and behaviours.
When a condition has not touched someone it almost gives that person an excuse to be ignorant and dismissive. I’m lucky that this decision doesn’t affect me but I do receive a different kind of support from the DWP and I wouldn’t be able to work without it.
You see, just because I can walk doesn’t mean to say it’s comfortable. I truly never ever realised how much walking affects the whole body. Starting from the lower back, through all the muscle groups surrounding the spine, rib cage, shoulder blades and neck. Less affected are the other smaller muscles and arms etc.
Now that’s just walking; add in to that public transport, pushy people, uneven pavements, weather, baggage, co-ordination, balance, body fatigue, mental anxiety.
According to the DWP and the government though it’s just your two legs and feet.