The higher rate mobility component can be paid to a child from the age of three years. It is for children who are unable, or virtually unable to walk, or where the exertion required to walk would constitute a danger to their life or would be likely to lead to a serious deterioration in their health. Children can also qualify if they have a severe visual impairment, are both deaf and blind, or are severely mentally impaired.
Four factors are taken into account when deciding whether your child is virtually unable to walk. The test is whether their:
‘ability to walk out of doors is so limited, as regards to:
(they) can make progress on foot without severe discomfort, that (they are) virtually unable to walk.’
To qualify for the higher rate mobility component because of severe mental impairment, the child has to meet all the following criteria:
As an individual I stood alone.As a member of a group I did things.As part of a community I helped to create change!