Wheelchairs – assignment by DMs, not GPs

J Newman made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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?...

Is DWP now fully compliant with this judgement and providing this explanation to claimants affected by FFW decisions that involve use of a wheelchair?

Yours faithfully,

J Newman

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An amazing admission - the Justice Department issues words of caution that it seems DWP has chosen to disregard.

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