DWP declares Ellesmere Port Man ‘Fit to work’ – despite losing his dominant arm in workplace accident

John Lockett from Ellesmere Port, speaks of his ongoing battle to reverse a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision declaring him fit for work – despite losing his arm in a horrific accident.

John lost his right arm while attempting to unblock machinery at his former workplace in December 2016. He suffers with PTSD and depression following the accident and his situation is made even worse as the DWP declares him fit for work, despite a DWP assessment describing him as “87% disabled” due to the loss of his dominant arm.

Now, John is locked in an appeal battle to get the decision reversed. He wrote and provided sick notes to the DWP in January and May of 2018, describing the horrific impact the accident had on him and the degrading effect of losing his arm, but said he has not heard anything back.
In the appeal letter sent to the DWP John said,

“The thought of going back to work scares me and causes anxiety. If anything happens to my other arm, which I am so scared of happening, I will be useless and not be able to do what little I can do for myself. It’s not just the physical side, it’s the mental implications that apply.”

In response to the case, a DWP spokesperson said: “We are committed to making sure people receive all the benefits they are entitled to.

“Our assessments are carried out by medical professionals but if someone disagrees with the decision, they can appeal.