Northampton man who lost his leg in crash refused Government benefit

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A father from Northampton who lost his leg in a car accident has been refused a Government benefit because he is not disabled enough.

Removal man and professional gardener Dean Williams, 25, from Great Billing, had to have his left leg removed by doctors after he was involved in a collision with a car in a pub car park, completely crushing his limb against a wall.

Now unable to work and with dyslexia hampering other career choices, he has applied for a ‘personal independence payment’.

But the Department of Work and Pensions said he does not qualify for the benefit as it insists he can stand up and move 200 metres.

Mr Williams said: “The number of points I need to get some help is eight and they scored me six.

“I actually got zero points for the category of being unable to move around. It’s incredible.

“I’m a bloke with one leg. What state would I have to be in to get the full points?

“I’ve worked since I was 17 years old, putting money into the system and now I can’t get any help when I’m desperate for it.”

People applying for a personal independence payment have to score between eight and 12 points to get the Daily Living part of the benefit. And for an extra Mobility benefit, they again need eight to 12 points . Although no points were awarded to Mr Williams for having reading problems, he scored six points in the first component because he needs help with washing, going to the toilet and making meals.

However, he scored zero points for impaired mobility, including no points in the ‘moving around’ category.

The assessor explains his decision by saying: “You said you have difficulties moving around.

“I have decided you can stand then move more than 200 metres.”

After being approached by the Chron, the Department of Work and Pensions said there were good reasons behind how the PIP benefit is assessed and said Mr Williams is entitled to appeal.

A DWP spokesperson said: “PIP is a new benefit which better reflects today’s understanding of disability. It is not related to work, but rather the extra costs associated with someone’s disability to help with things like cooking, washing and getting around.

“We take into account evidence from a face-to-face assessment and any relevant information provided by the claimant including from their GP. If people don’t agree with our decision they can ask for a reconsideration or appeal.”

Friends and family of a Mr Williams, who is surviving on his £17 per week unemployment benefit, are now raising money for an ultra-light titanium wheelchair and are appealing for donations.

The chair he has is NHS standard issue and weighs 14kg, too heavy for his carer -who is mum, Denise - to lift into her car, leaving him effectively housebound.

Mum Denise said: “We feel that Dean’s been through such a lot we want to do every little thing we can to start getting his life on track.”

Dean said: “I’d give anything to be able to work again but I can’t.

“I’d massively appreciate any donations, however small.”

As of yesterday, Dean’s Crowdfunding page had received £1,120 in donations.

He now has 16 days to collect the £2,000 needed.

To donate visit here.