Disabled People to Protest Against ATOS in Swansea
23rd August 2012
ATOS are a private company who have been brought in to assess people who can't work because of illness or disability. They have just won another £400 million contract to privatise Disability Living Allowance assessments which are currently carried out by the DWP.
ATOS test 11,000 sick and disabled people every week, then decide whether they’re "fit for work". The tests are deeply flawed, driven by targets and designed to push people off benefits in an effort to slash billions from welfare spending. Every week 32 people die after being found "fit for work" by ATOS and their inhumane computer-based tests.
There have been 600,000 appeals since the tests started, costing £60 million; 40% are successful, rising to over 70% with representation. But the cycle of assessment and appeal starts again every year, with the assessment criteria getting stricter each time.
ATOS are responsible for carrying out the government's most brutal attacks on ill and disabled people. Incredibly, this company is sponsoring the paralympics!
Disabled People Against Cuts are holding five days of action against ATOS nationally. On Tuesday the 28th they want disabled people, families & friends to pay a visit to their local ATOS assessment centre.
We will be taking part in a static protest outside of the Swansea ATOS assessment centre from 12:00 to 1:00 at Grove House, Grove Place, Swansea. (This is a big building across the road from the police station).
We want a big turnout from disabled people, friends & anti-cuts campaigners. Disability charities like Scope say that they recognise cuts are necessary, but ask the government to cut elsewhere. That's not good enough -- let's unite everyone against ALL cuts.
- Scrap the flawed Work Capability Assessment -- use doctor's evidence instead.
- Kick ATOS & other private companies out of the DWP without compensation. Redeploy their staff into the public sector.
- Stop the demonisation of unemployed & disabled in the media: benefit fraud levels are a fraction of one percent.
- Reverse cuts to disability benefits as part of a campaign against ALL cuts.
Facebook event for the protest: https://www.facebook.com/events/515813221766234/