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Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

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73The mobility component

(1)Subject to the provisions of this Act, a person shall be entitled to the mobility component of a disability living allowance for any period in which he is over the age of 5 and throughout which—

(a)he is suffering from physical disablement such that he is either unable to walk or virtually unable to do so; or

(b)he falls within subsection (2) below; or

(c)he falls within subsection (3) below; or

(d)he is able to walk but is so severely disabled physically or mentally that, disregarding any ability he may have to use routes which are familiar to him on his own, he cannot take advantage of the faculty out of doors without guidance or supervision from another person most of the time.

(2)A person falls within this subsection if—

(a)he is both blind and deaf; and

(b)he satisfies such other conditions as may be prescribed.

(3)A person falls within this subsection if—

(a)he is severely mentally impaired; and

(b)he displays severe behavioural problems; and

(c)he satisfies both the conditions mentioned in section 72(1)(b) and (c) above.

(4)For the purposes of this section in its application to a person for any period in which he is under the age of 16, the condition mentioned in subsection (1)(d) above shall not be taken to be satisfied unless—

(a)he requires substantially more guidance or supervision from another person than persons of his age in normal physical and mental health would require; or

(b)persons of his age in normal physical and mental health would not require such guidance or supervision.

(5)Subject to subsection (4) above, circumstances may be prescribed in which a person is to be taken to satisfy or not to satisfy a condition mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (d) or subsection (2)(a) above.

(6)Regulations shall specify the cases which fall within subsection (3)(a) and (b) above.

(7)A person who is to be taken for the purposes of section 72 above to satisfy or not to satisfy a condition mentioned in subsection (1)(b) or (c) of that section is to be taken to satisfy or not to satisfy it for the purposes of subsection (3)(c) above.

(8)A person shall not be entitled to the mobility component for a period unless during most of that period his condition will be such as permits him from time to time to benefit from enhanced facilities for locomotion.

(9)A person shall not be entitled to the mobility component of a disability living allowance unless—

(a)throughout—

(i)the period of 3 months immediately preceding the date on which the award of that component would begin; or

(ii)such other period of 3 months as may be prescribed,

he has satisfied or is likely to satisfy one or other of the conditions mentioned in subsection (1) above; and

(b)he is likely to continue to satisfy one or other of those conditions throughout—

(i)the period of 6 months beginning with that date; or

(ii)(if his death is expected within the period of 6 months beginning with that date) the period so beginning and ending with his death.

(10)Two weekly rates of the mobility component shall be prescribed.

(11)The weekly rate of the mobility component payable to a person for each week in the period for which he is awarded that component shall be—

(a)the higher rate, if he falls within subsection (9) above by virtue of having satisfied or being likely to satisfy one or other of the conditions mentioned in subsection (1)(a), (b) and (c) above throughout both the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (9) above and that mentioned in paragraph (b) of that subsection; and

(b)the lower rate in any other case.

(12)For the purposes of this section in its application to a person who is terminally ill, as defined in section 66(2) above, and who makes a claim expressly on the ground that he is such a person—

(a)subsection (9)(a) above shall be omitted; and

(b)subsection (11)(a) above shall have effect as if for the words from “both” to “subsection”, in the fourth place where it occurs, there were substituted the words “the period mentioned in subsection (9)(b) above”.

(13)Regulations may prescribe cases in which a person who has the use—

(a)of an invalid carriage or other vehicle provided by the Secretary of State under section 5(2)(a) of the [1977 c. 49.] National Health Service Act 1977 and Schedule 2 to that Act or under section 46 of the [1978 c. 29.] National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 or provided under Article 30(1) of the [S.I.1972/1265 (N.I.14).] Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972; or

(b)of any prescribed description of appliance supplied under the enactments relating to the National Health Service being such an appliance as is primarily designed to afford a means of personal and independent locomotion out of doors,

is not to be paid any amount attributable to entitlement to the mobility component or is to be paid disability living allowance at a reduced rate in so far as it is attributable to that component.

(14)A payment to or in respect of any person which is attributable to his entitlement to the mobility component, and the right to receive such a payment, shall (except in prescribed circumstances and for prescribed purposes) be disregarded in applying any enactment or instrument under which regard is to be had to a person’s means.

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