This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Wheelchairs – assignment by DMs, not GPs'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: freedom-of-information-re
 
[email address]
 
Our Ref: VTR738
 
 

16 March 2012
Annex A 
 
Dear Mr Newman, 
 
You asked: 
 
You have previously stated that DMs can assign a claimant to a wheelchair if they feel that this 
will improve mobilisation and work capability, regardless of medical advice or claimant 
concerns. 
      
In a decision on 20/10/2011, Judge Levenson cautioned that “in the absence of actual use or 
prescription, a tribunal needs to provide some explanation of how the aid or appliance could 
help the particular claimant.” 
     (http://www.osscsc.gov.uk/Aspx/view.aspx?id=3364

      
Is DWP now fully compliant with this judgement and providing this explanation to claimants 
affected by FFW decisions that involve use of a wheelchair? 
 
Freedom of Information is about the provision of non-personal recorded information.  The 
information you request is not available. 
 
The role of the FoI Act is about the supply of recorded information held by the Department 
rather than providing an explanation to, or confirming whether the assumptions made by the 
author of the questions are correct or not. 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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