“You can climb the stairs” – DWP apologises to HCLC client

In January, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) was approached by Julius Holgate, a disabled double amputee (pictured above).

Mr Holgate had applied for the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) benefit and been asked to attend a medical assessment. Despite having no legs, Mr Holgate was awarded a total of 0 points by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officer who conducted the assessment. The DWP felt that Mr Holgate could “climb” the stairs and therefore did not have any mobility problems.

Following HCLC’s intervention, however, the DWP apologised to Mr Holgate and is now reassessing the case.

You can read about the case in the Hackney Citizen here.