A DOUBLE leg amputee was judged ‘fit to work’ by government assessors after they concluded he was fine to climb stairs — because he had arms.
Julius Holgate was shocked when he had more than £100 a week in disability benefits cut after being told his condition did not restrict his ‘mobility’ or prevent him from doing normal jobs.
Mr Holgate, 53, from Hackney, east London, had to pawn his jewellery to survive after his employment and support allowance was stopped in January.
In a letter, the department for work and pensions said because his arms were in working order, he could use them to ‘climb’ stairs and, therefore, had ‘mobility’.
After a lengthy appeals process it has apologised, claiming the decision was a ‘clerical error’ and has vowed to repay the cash.
Mr Holgate, whose legs were amputated in 2015, also suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He said: ‘I’m just still sorry other people will have to go through what I have been through.’