Denise Haddon had to endure a ‘degrading’ assessment, carried out by a trainee. A tribunal took just 10 minutes to overturn the decision
A disabled woman who had the car that allows her to do her job taken away after a “degrading” capability assessment, has had the decision overturned on appeal.
A tribunal took just 10 minutes to decide Denise Haddon, who cannot walk more than 20 metres without severe pain, should never have had her benefits downgraded.
She was given less than a month’s notice that the vehicle that gives her independence would be taken away after an assessment for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), introduced by Iain Duncan Smith.
And the Mirror can reveal the decision was taken by a ‘trainee disability assessor.’
When we first published Denise’s story in December , the Department for Work and Pensions said the assessment had been carried out “correctly”, and insisted she no longer qualified for Motability assistance to pay for the car.
And even though the decision was thrown out ‘indefinitely’ by a judge, a solicitor and a doctor last month, they insist the original assessment was made “based on all available evidence at the time.”
When asked if they still believed Denise’s assessment had been carried out correctly, they refused to answer.