ATOS Work Capability Assessment has to be stopped in the inhumane treatment of people receiving employment support allowance and its predecessors incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance.The poor treatment of our countries most vulnerable citizens by ATOS has been well documented.
Why is this important?
Figures released by the government in July 2012 showed that 10600 people died within 6 weeks of stopping claiming ESA. Campaigners believe that the majority of the 10600 who ceased claiming and subsequently passed away were found fit to work by ATOS. It is unacceptable that the management of ATOS are pressuring assessors to fail so many claimants and deny them the benefits they are dependent on and entitled to rather than accurately asses the ability of claimants to work. Ultimately campaigners are calling for fairer treatment of all benefit claimants, especially the disabled and chronically and terminally ill.