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DWP To Repay Double Leg Amputee Wrongly Found Fit For Work After Saying He Could Climb Stairs With Arms

March 1, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions admits it “ticked the wrong box” when it deemed a double amputee capable of “climbing” the stairs with his arms and thus “fit to work”.

Julius Holgate, who lives in Hackney, has won his appeal against the DWP’s “outrageous” decision after the intervention of the Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC).

He fell into debt and was reduced to pawning his jewellery to survive after he was awarded zero points in a medical assessment, meaning and his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was stopped in January. Following last week’s decision, he will be repaid the cash he missed out on.

At the time the DWP said because Julius’ arms were working order, he could use them to “climb” stairs and therefore had “mobility”. The department has now backed down and apologised, saying the decision was a “clerical error”.

Julius said the DWP should be more careful when assessing people.

“I’m just still sorry other people will have to go through what I have been through,” he said. 
“This all caused me a lot of stress and anxiety.”
Julius’ HCLC caseworker Marcin Brajta said the law centre had seen many similar cases because of government cuts, meaning fewer DWP assessors are available to conduct medical assessments.

“The assessors that remain are not given enough time to assess applicants properly,” he said.

But he added: “Julius can now get on with his life without worrying about having to attend the job centre, which was adversely affecting his health.”

HCLC chair Cllr Ian Rathbone said the cut to Julius’s benefits was “callous and cold-hearted”, adding the DWP’s apology – “squeezed out after they were caught out” – is not enough.

“We want to see changes of direction here, of sympathy and care for people in their time of need,” he said.

A DWP spokesman said: “When someone comes in for an assessment they are asked to do a number of actions, and the way the scores were translated caused a clerical error.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2017 1:34 am

    on the issue of stress. we already know how it can push people over the edge into depression and worse,. i have just been told by my Dr that stress situations i went through last year (none dwp aggravated i might add. just illness in family and household fly invasion which drove me into OCD and 3 visits from environmental health. who sorted it for me.) my bloodsugars went really high when i had my diabetic review last august. in process of having an intermediary review at the moment.had blood tests back and results are exactly the same. my diabetic Dr says it will probably still be down to last years stress.i see the diabetic head nurse in 2 weeks time to sort out what, if anything i can do to get it down.wont be easy as now im on steroids for a chest infection as of yesterday which are pushing the blood sugars up higher still.and will take months to get out of my system in spite of it being only a 5 day course. now. thinking on those lines, its easy to see how stress ,even once the issues are over, can still cause problems for some time to come after the issues have been solved.. although i know in a lot of cases the issues are never solved.so stress is then ongoing. stress causes a lot of medical problems that were probably not there before and makes worse any that were.

  2. March 1, 2017 9:37 am

    Reblogged this on Poppy's Place.

  3. March 2, 2017 5:34 am

    How come, after all these years Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) still hasn’t read something as simple as the Fraud Act?

    Fraud Act 2006 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/35/contents

    How come, after all these years Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) still hasn’t heard of the public sector employees who are supposed to be there to stop this sort of thing ‘The Police’?

    More Course of Justice Perverting from from DWP supporters.

    Perverting The Course of Justice –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/public_justice_offences_incorporating_the_charging_standard/

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