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The DWP Expect You To Be An ‘Immobile Smelly Potato’

August 25, 2016

When we shared this post on Facebook yesterday, this was one of the responses.


I was turned down on a DLA renewal because (a) I still had make up on from work (b) I was clean and didn’t smell (c) I managed to answer the door and (d) I had flown to America for work recently, which obviously you couldn’t possibly do if you were disabled in any way.
All over turned at tribunal 13 months later but the DWP even then seemed to think that these things meant I had no mobility problems or any other health problems. The tribunal panel pointed out clearly that all of them were consistent with my claim form, consistent with my condition and possible even with severe disabilities. This sort of thing is truly ridiculous. They expect you to be some sort of immobile smelly potato, it seems.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2016 12:31 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Sarah permalink
    August 25, 2016 7:22 am

    The assessors and their assumptions do not know the meaning of personal independence, or the extra effort and different often expensive ways and extra planning we use to achieve what may seem a simple task to someone not living or knowing deeply about the impairments or condition. How can we be part of society if we can’t be expected to open our own home door? I dread my change over from DLA to PIP. The former has helped me achieve independence by providing the means to buy equipment, adapt things, to try and manage my multiple impairments ; the latter it seems will not provide the continuing help to do the odd thing others take for granted, leaving me “an immobile smelly potato”.

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