Julius Holgate.

Only on Tuesday, Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green was extolling the virtues of the DWP work capability assessment procedures, in his answer to an urgent question on the Personal Independence Payment.

Does anybody really believe that a DWP assessor “ticked the wrong box” by accident? Because I don’t.

This was a cynical attempt to take benefits away from a man who needed them, in the belief that he would not have the wherewithal to challenge the decision.

Such despicable behaviour is typical of DWP benefit assessments at the moment and it is easy to understand why demand is rising for the work capability assessment – and the Department for Work and Pensions itself – to be scrapped.

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.

Source: Government to repay Hackney man with no legs whose benefits were cut because he ‘could climb stairs with his arms’ – Politics – Hackney Gazette

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