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Deborah, her ATOS debacle, and the missing coat mystery

September 16, 2014

Ann McGauran

Deborah Ruby, who had her ESA stopped, despite her multiple chronic health issues. Deborah Ruby, who has had her ESA stopped, despite her multiple chronic health issues. Deborah Ruby struggled into this London Trussell Trust food bank with her voucher. She’s a 51-year-old lady with multiple health issues. These include, but are not limited to, arthritis in the lower spine, hips, neck and knees, depression, severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome and congenital heart problems. She has been separated from her husband for 12 years and has four children – the youngest of whom is still at school.

A social worker gave her a voucher for the food bank after her employment and support allowance (ESA) was stopped on July 25. This stoppage followed her ATOS work capability assessment in June. Atos Healthcare is of course making an early exit from its contract to carry out “fit for work” tests on disability claimants. If Deborah’s experience is typical, the ATOS assessment process is if possible…

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  1. Maria permalink
    September 16, 2014 9:03 pm

    you see she looks alright, like me she looks alright but then that is the only excuse they need to decide you need no help. Get to somewhere after resting for days before and making it to the assessment once doesn’t mean you can do it everyday and work after you’ve got there. They are unfeeling and subhuman, they don’t care about anything except making the figures work for them and the money in their hand for doing it, they are despicable and disgusting.

  2. Sasson Hann permalink
    September 17, 2014 12:25 pm

    She would be entitled to the appeal rate: why isn’t she receiving it?! This needs chasing up. It is disgusting that she should be left in this position. She can also apply for rent on a ‘nil income basis’; Council Tax paid by DHP.

    The DWP should do their best to advise people of these things. The fact that they are not – and we know it well – can only be because they are largely prevented from doing so. No wonder so many staff are off sick with stress and depression!

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