Week of Action Against Atos Origin – Call for Solidarity

Disability activists and benefit claimant’s groups are calling for protests and actions around the country targetting Atos Origin in the week beginning on 9th May.

Previous days of action against benefit cuts have seen protests, pickets and occupations of Atos Origin across the UK including London, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dundee and many more.

Now claimants are calling for a week of announced and unannounced protests as well as a week long international virtual protest against Atos.

Atos Origin have a £500 million contract with the Con-dem Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit.

It is claimed assessments are to test what people can do rather than what they can’t. The real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible.

This testing system has already led to people with terminal illnesses and severe medical conditions being declared fit for work and having benefits cut. GP’s are ignored in favour of decisions made by Atos Origin’s computer. People have already committed suicide due to the decisions made by Atos.

Plans announced for the scrapping of Disability Living Allowance have also revealed that this intrusive testing is likely to be extended to everyone on some form of disability or health related benefit.

To date around 40% of appeals against Atos Origin’s decisions have been successful.

Please organise and help us spread the word!

Details of all events plus links to the locations of Atos’ offices can be found at: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121624627914913&index=1

If you live in London please download, print and distribute the flyer below – or make one yourself! To save right click on the image then choose Save Image As

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2 responses to “Week of Action Against Atos Origin – Call for Solidarity

  1. Can’t make the protests but will work from home ,good luck to all attending and BE CARFUL.
    This may interest you.
    From
    OCT 2008 to AUG 2010 515,900 decisions were made by the Atos HCP
    the DWP DM changed 8,600 of these decisions .
    That is about 1.75%
    Seeing they have an abundance of other evidence the DM’s should change at least 50% of the Decisions taken by the HCP’s.
    It is clear the DM’s have not scrutinised ALL the other evidence in most cases ,if your decision was made in this time period ,contact the DWP asking for proof all the evidence in your case was scrutinised by the DM.
    If it was not the Decision is void as it is a legal requirement for the DM to do so.
    Quote these figures they are from a FOI request and the answers are from the DWP.
    Wyman Dillon are the firm who do the Quality Surveys for Atos and the DWP
    since Aug 2009 to oct 2010 15 monthly surveys were carried out
    in 9 2,428 supposedly RANDOM claimants were chosen to fill in a form.
    in 5 3035 supposedly RANDOM claimants were chosen to fill in a form
    the Responses were between 737 to 975 people.
    The overall satisfaction was said to be between 87.29% and 90.25% of people
    The figures for the Assessment results in this period were
    Support Group 6%
    WRAG 14%
    Fit for Work 39%
    Claim Closed 37%
    Ongoing 4%
    Clearly not only people who passed the assessment would have to be satisfied but people who had failed and were also , this is ridiculous.
    I post on dwp examination myfreeforum and we have had 1 poster out of 150 members who said he was satisfied with the assessment.
    Wyman Dillon are breaking the law by manipulating the figures to suit the requirements of Atos regarding the contract with the DWP.
    If anyone has any ideas how to get this looked at by the law please let me know.
    esaveteran

  2. Lincoln T Cornelius

    Question:- As Atos has either lied about or misrepresented my answers to their ‘interrogation’ causing me considerable depression and ill health, are they in breach of Health and Safty laws????

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