Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
This includes moving or changing position because a physical or mental condition stops you getting around unaided, using public transport, walking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching or getting around in an unfamiliar place. This could be because of a physical condition, such as chronic heart disease; a mental health condition, such as severe anxiety; or a sight impairment.
For example, if you have difficulty in:
then it is likely you have a condition which has a substantial adverse effect on your mobility.
However, if you experience some discomfort only after you have walked for about one-and-a-half kilometres or a mile, or have travelled as a passenger in a car for more than about two hours, and there are no other effects of your impairment, it is unlikely that this would be regarded as having a substantial adverse effect.