The DWP has claimed that the decision to reinstate Kenny Bailey’s ESA was based on further information – which is avoiding the issue.
Of course it’s based on further information; he had to appeal against the decision, giving his reasons for doing so. Any such appeal must by definition provide further information.
The operative question here is why anybody ever thought a man who needs help to get dressed would be capable of holding down a nine-to-five – and that’s without even addressing the fact that half his skull is missing.
So I find myself in agreement with Michael Dugher in this matter: “It should never have happened.”
The fact that it did is, in my opinion, a sign of serious maladministration at the Department for Work and Pensions.
A partially paralysed man who had half his skull removed after suffering a stroke has had his benefits reinstated and an original ‘fit for work’ decision overruled.
Kenny Bailey, who has trouble walking and needs assistance to get dressed, underwent an individual assessment requested by the Department of Work and Pensions.
The department initially deemed he should be working, despite the father-of-two being paralysed down his left-hand side and suffering from memory problems.
Bailey had informed his assessor that he would have “loved” to return to his career as a carer, but that his injuries had left him struggling with severe mobility issues.
Following an appeal, the 50-year-old won back his Employment Support Allowance of £78 a week.
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