Protesters demonstrate against controversial disability assessment firm

Evesham Journal: Rich Hall demonstrating outside Worcester Guildhall Rich Hall demonstrating outside Worcester Guildhall

PROTESTERS took to the streets to demonstrate against a controversial firm which currently carries out the 'fitness for work' tests on disabled benefit claimants.

Activists from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire assembled outside the Atos assessment centre in Farrier Street, Worcester, on Wednesday to coincide with other demonstrations around the country.

They also marched to Worcester Bridge and the Guildhall.

Rich Morris, who is campaigning against Atos in Worcester, said: "The group wants to send a clear message to the public and the vulnerable that they are not alone and a message to government that we will not stand-by as innocent people are targeted in this way."

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12:37pm Thu 20 Feb 14

lovelyjubbly says...

All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely? lovelyjubbly

1:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
Could not agree more, but when you have a company like Atos who make appointments to see people who arein a wheelchair on the second floor of a building with no lift, then stop all benefits for non attendance at the meeting even though they have been told that the person could not attend due to the building being inaccessible. I can see why people object.

By the way the above is not a one off example it is a regular occurence.

Atos & Capita private parasite companies
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?[/p][/quote]Could not agree more, but when you have a company like Atos who make appointments to see people who arein a wheelchair on the second floor of a building with no lift, then stop all benefits for non attendance at the meeting even though they have been told that the person could not attend due to the building being inaccessible. I can see why people object. By the way the above is not a one off example it is a regular occurence. Atos & Capita private parasite companies Pomygranit

1:29pm Thu 20 Feb 14

green49 says...

lovelyjubbly says...

All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
You have no idea what your on about, this evil government appointed company who are getting enormos amouts of money to access people are actually causingmore aggrivation and misery, they turn down most people who are genuine and have no way of ever going to do any real sort of work, the appeals against these companies has caused the government so much embarrasment they now have been told to reinstate 80% of people that were turned down, i have lots of experience in this, the one in Worcester even said a man i know who i accompanied to an acessment who had 3 months lefty at best with lung cancer was 100% fit for work, they refused to see any doctors reports to substanciate his claim, its Wicked, i do not in anyway condone anyone who is making a false claim but most people on Disability have already gone down stringent doctors care and reports, its not easy to get any disability payments without lots of evidence to support your claim,
lovelyjubbly says... All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely? You have no idea what your on about, this evil government appointed company who are getting enormos amouts of money to access people are actually causingmore aggrivation and misery, they turn down most people who are genuine and have no way of ever going to do any real sort of work, the appeals against these companies has caused the government so much embarrasment they now have been told to reinstate 80% of people that were turned down, i have lots of experience in this, the one in Worcester even said a man i know who i accompanied to an acessment who had 3 months lefty at best with lung cancer was 100% fit for work, they refused to see any doctors reports to substanciate his claim, its Wicked, i do not in anyway condone anyone who is making a false claim but most people on Disability have already gone down stringent doctors care and reports, its not easy to get any disability payments without lots of evidence to support your claim, green49

1:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

CJH says...

green49 wrote:
lovelyjubbly says...

All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
You have no idea what your on about, this evil government appointed company who are getting enormos amouts of money to access people are actually causingmore aggrivation and misery, they turn down most people who are genuine and have no way of ever going to do any real sort of work, the appeals against these companies has caused the government so much embarrasment they now have been told to reinstate 80% of people that were turned down, i have lots of experience in this, the one in Worcester even said a man i know who i accompanied to an acessment who had 3 months lefty at best with lung cancer was 100% fit for work, they refused to see any doctors reports to substanciate his claim, its Wicked, i do not in anyway condone anyone who is making a false claim but most people on Disability have already gone down stringent doctors care and reports, its not easy to get any disability payments without lots of evidence to support your claim,
I know from personal experience that they are just 'box tickers'. No context, no history, no input from your own doctor. It amazes me that there are some who actually get through with false claims. But that just shows the system doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: lovelyjubbly says... All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely? You have no idea what your on about, this evil government appointed company who are getting enormos amouts of money to access people are actually causingmore aggrivation and misery, they turn down most people who are genuine and have no way of ever going to do any real sort of work, the appeals against these companies has caused the government so much embarrasment they now have been told to reinstate 80% of people that were turned down, i have lots of experience in this, the one in Worcester even said a man i know who i accompanied to an acessment who had 3 months lefty at best with lung cancer was 100% fit for work, they refused to see any doctors reports to substanciate his claim, its Wicked, i do not in anyway condone anyone who is making a false claim but most people on Disability have already gone down stringent doctors care and reports, its not easy to get any disability payments without lots of evidence to support your claim,[/p][/quote]I know from personal experience that they are just 'box tickers'. No context, no history, no input from your own doctor. It amazes me that there are some who actually get through with false claims. But that just shows the system doesn't work. CJH

2:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Samboy says...

I attended with my son at his interview, last year, for assessment. He is a severe epileptic who, amongst a thick sheaf of documents, has a letter from the Employment Office stating that they could not recommend him for employment.He was asked no question about his disability or his many jobs which he had not been able to hold down. All the questions were about lifestyle. What time do you get up, how often do you clean your teeth and shave.. It was obvious that she was just completing a market research form, for which I assume they were paid good money by someone other than the Government who they nominally represented. I emphasise, AT NO POINT was his disability discussed but his appeal was rejected.
I attended with my son at his interview, last year, for assessment. He is a severe epileptic who, amongst a thick sheaf of documents, has a letter from the Employment Office stating that they could not recommend him for employment.He was asked no question about his disability or his many jobs which he had not been able to hold down. All the questions were about lifestyle. What time do you get up, how often do you clean your teeth and shave.. It was obvious that she was just completing a market research form, for which I assume they were paid good money by someone other than the Government who they nominally represented. I emphasise, AT NO POINT was his disability discussed but his appeal was rejected. Samboy

2:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Good input from service users not just the uninformed. And yes these contracts for assessments are being given to friends of the Westminster who are box tickers and told to make decisions in favour of what the government agencies want to read / hear.
Good input from service users not just the uninformed. And yes these contracts for assessments are being given to friends of the Westminster who are box tickers and told to make decisions in favour of what the government agencies want to read / hear. Jabbadad

4:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Matthew Jenkins says...

I was glad to be able to join this protest and support those who are really suffering due to the poor quality of the ATOS disability assessment process. There were some heart-felt speeches from some of those who have been affected by the assessments. Merely replacing ATOS with another company will not resolve the fundamental problem with the tick-box exercise of assessment.
I was glad to be able to join this protest and support those who are really suffering due to the poor quality of the ATOS disability assessment process. There were some heart-felt speeches from some of those who have been affected by the assessments. Merely replacing ATOS with another company will not resolve the fundamental problem with the tick-box exercise of assessment. Matthew Jenkins

1:10am Fri 21 Feb 14

kabe_11 says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
All benefits claims must be checked obviously, but that's not the issue.
The issue is the sheer heartless incompetence of the assessors as evidenced by the sheer volume of successful appeals, and many deaths following 'fit for work' decisions.
I confidently put money on jubbly being a mail/sun conditioned drone.
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?[/p][/quote]All benefits claims must be checked obviously, but that's not the issue. The issue is the sheer heartless incompetence of the assessors as evidenced by the sheer volume of successful appeals, and many deaths following 'fit for work' decisions. I confidently put money on jubbly being a mail/sun conditioned drone. kabe_11

1:19am Fri 21 Feb 14

CJH says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
What fantasy world are you living in? And are there any vacancies?
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?[/p][/quote]What fantasy world are you living in? And are there any vacancies? CJH

8:26am Fri 21 Feb 14

lovelyjubbly says...

kabe_11 wrote:
lovelyjubbly wrote:
All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?
All benefits claims must be checked obviously, but that's not the issue.
The issue is the sheer heartless incompetence of the assessors as evidenced by the sheer volume of successful appeals, and many deaths following 'fit for work' decisions.
I confidently put money on jubbly being a mail/sun conditioned drone.
Wrong. Dont read either, Just a fed up taxpayer. Lost your money there!
[quote][p][bold]kabe_11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: All benefits MUST be regulated and checked on due to the sheer volume of abuse. If you are truly disabled then you have nothing to worry about surely?[/p][/quote]All benefits claims must be checked obviously, but that's not the issue. The issue is the sheer heartless incompetence of the assessors as evidenced by the sheer volume of successful appeals, and many deaths following 'fit for work' decisions. I confidently put money on jubbly being a mail/sun conditioned drone.[/p][/quote]Wrong. Dont read either, Just a fed up taxpayer. Lost your money there! lovelyjubbly

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