Wheelchairs – assignment by DMs, not GPs

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

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From: J Newman

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.

Kind regards,

DWP Central FoI Team

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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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