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DWP suddenly decides to reverse decisions over two men with horrific conditions


28 October 2019
Liverpool Echo

The Department of Work and Pensions has suddenly decided to reverse decisions to deny two Merseyside men with horrific conditions vital benefits after their cases were raised in Parliament and in the press.

In the past week, Birkenhead MP Frank Field has raised the cases of two of his constituents, who are both unable to walk because of debilitating and painful conditions - but who the DWP decided did not qualify for mobility benefits.

Mr Field caused a stir on Monday when he stood up in Parliament and displayed photographs of the gnarled hands and feet of one Birkenhead man, who he described as 'having bones coming out of his flesh.'

After speaking in the Commons, former Labour MP said the man now faces losing his mobility car following the assessment.

This is despite, he said, the man struggling to walk into his constituency office when he met him.
Mr Field said: "These are feet the Tories thought were made for walking."

He added: "My constituent has suffered with a long-term degenerative condition. There is no cure.

"The joints on his hands and feet are locked into one position. He walks with two crutches and requires regular breaks to recover after walking short distances.

"He falls regularly and is unable to brace himself during his falls.

"He was recently awarded Personal Independence Payment after a reassessment. He was awarded full care but has lost all his mobility component. This means he will lose his mobility car."

Later in the week, Mr Field then contacted the ECHO with images of a second man in his constituency suffering with an 'equally appalling' condition - who had also been turned down for disability benefits.

As the graphic images show, the man suffers with horrific ulcers to his feet due to his Type 2 Diabetes and an infected wound.

Mr Field said: "My constituent applied for Disability Living Allowance in 2010. It was refused but on appeal he was granted middle rate care and high-rate mobility.

"At a review in 2013 he was taken off DLA but it was reinstated on appeal.

"At a review in 2016 he was taken off DLA but it was reinstated on appeal.

"At a review in 2019 he was refused PIP.

"He has been told that he must return his mobility car by 6pm on Sunday October 13 and I’ve asked Motability if they will allow him to keep it while we try to resolve his case."

This second man's experiences were published in the ECHO on Thursday morning.

"He has been told that he must return his mobility car by 6pm on Sunday October 13 and I’ve asked Motability if they will allow him to keep it while we try to resolve his case."

This second man's experiences were published in the ECHO on Thursday morning.

A DWP spokesperson said: “We have reviewed these two cases and both people have now been awarded the enhanced level of the mobility allowance.   

"We’re committed to ensuring that disabled people get the support they’re entitled to, and this year we will be spending £55 billion on benefits to support them – more than ever before."

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo




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