Wheelchair deemed a 'fire risk' meant rightful benefits could not be claimed

Wheelchair deemed a 'fire risk' meant rightful benefits could not be claimed

The BBC reported that Charles Foreman, from Leicestershire, who has a back condition, had his benefits stopped in 2011.

The 53-year-old was turned away from an assessment on the first floor of a health centre in 2013 because providers Atos said his chair was a "fire risk".

Atos's contract ended early in March over "significant quality failures".

Last year he was turned away from an assessment related to his Incapacity Benefit at a building in Rutland Street, Leicester, because Atos was "unable to allow access" to people with walking aids.

It claimed the number of stairs they would need to descend in a fire posed a fire risk.

The company apologised for turning Mr Foreman away last year and said it offered alternative options to wheelchair users who were asked to attend appointments at the government-owned building.

At the tribunal, he was told his Disability Living Allowance, now called the Personal Independence Payment, will be reinstated and backdated to 2012.

 

Image thanks to the BBC


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