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Will you support the day of action against Atos?

January 21, 2014

Mike Sivier's blog

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Ordinary people around the UK will gather outside centres where Atos administers its work capability assessments on benefit claimants next month – to demand an end to the system that is continuing to cause the deaths of thousands of innocent people across the country.

They will gather at 144 of the locations used by Atos to carry out the discredited assessments, under a contract written by the Department for Work and Pensions, on February 19.

It is known that 10,600 ESA/Incapacity Benefit claimants died within six weeks of their claim ending after Atos assessments between January and November 2011, although the DWP seems unwilling to divulge the percentage of those claims that ended because claimants were found fit for work by ATOS. Currently roughly one in four ‘fit for work’ decisions by ATOS is overturned at tribunal.

In July 2013, ATOS whistleblower Greg Wood lifted the lid on the toxic…

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. PHILLYZIPPY permalink
    January 21, 2014 4:05 pm

    I will be there with the posters! need someone to give me a lift to Chelmsford x

  2. January 21, 2014 4:26 pm

    I’ll be there “god willing” Bootle .

  3. Shaun permalink
    January 21, 2014 9:25 pm

    One problem I suspect that might be a difficult for a lot of people with disabilities is the fear that if you can attend this, because the tests are so ridiculously severe, then by definition you could loose any chance of getting an entitlement to a benefit. The atos test regime gives the disabled person these choices: protest against the unfair criteria and the way the scheme is administered and risk loosing all entitlement to help, or don’t protest and thereby retain a very slight chance of getting a bit of help.

  4. January 22, 2014 6:06 am

    No one should live in fear shaun im in the same position at the moment under going lots of medical tests as my health is failing, I was fast tracked through Atos in a matter of a few months in the assesment only my mobility was the focus , on xmas day I was rushed to hospital with internal bleeding, it’s in my opinion a forgone conclusion that my letter will arrive soon stating im fit for work. People are dying Shaun and your coment highlights the fear dying and disabled people are living in.

    • Shaun permalink
      January 22, 2014 7:58 pm

      debstillhere66, yes you’re right. My wife went to see her doctor today as, along with other fears, she is frightened I’ll get attacked (I’m disabled and would be unable to resist) in the street or even we’ll get attacked in our home. It’s daft in many ways as we’ve got very good neighbours who help us do some of those things we not now able to do. Of course it all comes from the climate of fear created in the newsprint media.

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