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.” (

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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Dear Mr Newman,

Please see attached response to your FoI request.

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DWP Central FoI Team

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J Newman left an annotation ()

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

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