Disagree With An Atos Decision? Then Starve Says DWP

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atos-paralympic-protestThe DWP have laid a vicious benefit trap which will mean severely sick and disabled people will have no legal entitlement to benefit at all if they choose to appeal an assessment by the notorious IT company Atos.

Atos carry out the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the test for the sickness and disability benefit Employment Support Allowance.  This crude computer based test has been use to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of people by declaring them ‘fit for work’.

From October this year claimants will not be able to appeal against a ‘fit for work’ decision until they have first requested a ‘mandatory reconsideration’ by a DWP decision maker.  Only if the claimant disagrees with this decision will they be able to take an appeal to a benefit tribunal.  This process is likely to take months.

A recent response to an FOI request (PDF) confirms that claimants will not…

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One Response to Disagree With An Atos Decision? Then Starve Says DWP

  1. helenbeech says:

    Obviously the DWP and Atos just want people to starve and give up! They don’t realise how many people are now having to rely on food banks. It is horrendous and I fear that the Labour party who used to care about the poorer and more vulnerable seem to be as bad as the coalition government. There will be many more losing homes, ability to do work, eat or heat their homes. Only the rich seem to matter in our country egged on by the media hatred of those on benefits. I fear the future for my children and possible grandchildren if they are ordinary working people! Do the politicians want to drive the country to despair, because that seems to be what it is doing? Maybe they want to reinstate workhouses and forced labour!

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