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DWP To Amputee Veteran: ‘Get A Job. Doesn’t Matter How You Travel.’

August 11, 2014

This is how we treat our veterans- 100 years since World War 1.

GET a job – but it does not matter if you cannot travel there.

That’s what amputee Gordon Lang has been told by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Mr Lang appealed against a decision to stop his Employment Support Allowance after he was told he should be able to work.

But that was rejected and he has now lost his ESA. The DWP said it looked at if he could work, not how he might travel to and from a job.

The government department said he might work at home or an employer could supply transport.

The former Royal Marine, who served in the Falklands conflict said: ‘There probably are (jobs that come with transport) but certainly not in Gosport.

‘I’m absolutely gutted. I did 25 years in the services. I took about a year after that.

‘The only reason I had to stop working is because my amputation means I could not do the job I was doing.’

Mr Lang, 62, was assessed at his home by Atos but said he was not asked to carry out any tasks with or without his prosthetic or outside.

He claims that if he had been asked to do so, his mobility issues would be clear.

Councillor Roger Allen is the armed forces champion at Gosport Borough Council.

The council signed an armed forces covenant agreeing it would support ex-servicemen and women in education, housing and health.

Cllr Allen said: ‘It sounds a bit ridiculous to me. If the guy is not able to get around obviously you can’t go to work.’

In 2012 Mr Lang, of Chilworth Grove, had his leg amputated after suffering from peripheral vascular disease, which had stopped blood flow.

He said his difficulty lies in travelling to a workplace as he has to battle with uneven and sloping pavements to get to a bus stop.

He added he would need somewhere secure to leave his wheelchair while at work as well.

Cllr Peter Chegwyn represents Leesland ward, where Mr Lang lives, at Gosport Borough Council.

He said: ‘It sounds extremely harsh and sadly I’m getting more and more similar cases.

‘They seem to regard everyone as benefit scrounger.

‘There are really decent people that are struggling.

‘For someone who is clearly disabled they should show a little more care and compassion.’

In a letter to the DWP it said the minimum a person is required to be able to get about is 200m.

‘The (assessment) is not to establish how you would get to a work place as the (assessment) is not job specific,’ the letter added.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2014 6:14 pm

    Q. how long would he be able to stand without the prosthetic? the actual job the WCA is geared for is in a call centre, that is the generic job they assess all on

  2. jeffrey davies permalink
    August 11, 2014 6:36 pm

    rtu ids world were all those on benefits are social scroungers but then has this idiot thought that breakfast pants and gods nows whot else he claims for comes from the tax payers isnt it rather shamefull that he nows that he and his erk are the real social scrougers jeff3

  3. Rona Topaz permalink
    August 11, 2014 6:43 pm

    There should be support packages in place for disabled workers. He should be assigned a DEA.

  4. August 11, 2014 6:44 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  5. August 11, 2014 6:55 pm

    Appalling way to treat a 62-year old ex-services veteran, never mind someone with a disability as well …

  6. August 11, 2014 7:58 pm

    This poor man is two years older than IDS, served his country like IDS claims too, but I bet he is more sincere than IDS could ever be. IDS and his department are shameful.
    Remember IDS getting caught out faking his CV? http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2002/12_december/19/newsnight_ids_cv.shtml

  7. Sarah permalink
    August 11, 2014 8:49 pm

    The WCA takes no account of the ability to get washed, dressed and fed independently, or the amount of time taken to do normal basic tasks that non disabled people can do quickly. The ability to get to work or anywhere else such as Job Centre Plus etc is not part of the WCA. The DWP and WCA assume that work places themselves are accessible, though they do not appear to make assumptions about disabled toilets suitable for transfer from a wheelchair.
    The WCA medical assessors seem to forget that those who they are assessing have to be able to do the task reliably, repeatedly in a timely and safe way. They make huge assumptions about what you tell them. Being able to do own shopping they will assume this means a large supermarket and being able to reach and carry everything, not by a tablet and stylus online with goods delivered to kitchen work surface.
    The DWP online handbook for WCA medical assessors is a good laugh but unfortunately serious. It tells assessors how disabled people should overcome an impairment and the assumptions assessors should make. They assume modern workplaces are accessible to manual wheelchairs, but your OK if you have an electric one, they put you in the Support Group for scoring 15 points! Those of us who have manual chairs are not so lucky even though we are deemed a health and safety risk to many DWP ATOS medical assessment centres, they are obviously not a work place!
    WCA is not fit for purpose, the scoring system would find you fit to work even if you can not get washed or fully dressed or fed or watered but high on prescribed opiates or other drugs that tell you not to operate machinery. Getting about is a huge issue even in London buses ramps are frequently broken or the wheelchair space filled. Getting to a bus stop from home is impossible for many yet the DWP and WCA take no account. We do not all have assistance to help.

  8. August 12, 2014 1:13 am

    Reblogged this on Benefit tales.

  9. August 12, 2014 5:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs and commented:
    At 62, with a disability, he should be on a pension. Isn’t that what pensions are for in a wealthy, civilised nation?

  10. jaypot2012 permalink
    August 12, 2014 7:44 pm

    I am an amputee of 18 months now, and I can tell you, it’s hell. People see the paralympics and other games with amputees of all descriptions, and they then believe that you can do that as well, after all, you’ve only lost your leg or whatever.
    I can sympathise and empathise with Mr Lang in every way. Having parts of you missing is awful and the change in yourself as a person becomes evident in your mental health as well as your physical.
    At older ages we don’t have the luxury of being able to go back in time, we only have age and other disabilities to look forward to – and it stinks!

  11. August 13, 2014 8:15 am

    Reblogged this on SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH and commented:
    Surely they can’t do this?

    What I mean is they must have made a mistake or deliberately misinterpreted the legislation?

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