Is this a softening of approach, I doubt it, but a re-analyst because of the publicity.
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…
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