Target Atos Origin and the Poverty Pimps

January 5, 2011

Please contact Johny Void (thevoidblog at yahoo dot co dot uk) if you’re organising an event in your area to be added to have it added to the website, fb page etc

Take Action Against Atos Origin and the Poverty Pimps on the 24th January 2011.

Atos Origin have just been awarded a £300 million contract by the Con-dem Government to continue carrying out ‘work capability assessments’.

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.

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.

The Government also plans to cut £2.5 billion from Employment Support Allowance. Plans to limit the benefit to just one year will mean that even those who are deemed unable to work will be presumed to have made a miraculous recovery. Meanwhile the budget for Disability Living Allowance is to be cut by 20%.

With the recent changes in Housing Benefit and possible changes to Council Tax benefit, these cuts will leave hundreds of thousands of people with severe health problems without enough money to feed themselves and heat their homes.

That’s if they aren’t forced into unpaid labour, no doubt inflicted on them by poverty pimps like SERCO and Action for Employment. Whilst millions of people face homelessness, disruption, debt and ill health the gravy train is being extended for those companies which seek to profit from the misery of others.

It’s time to fightback and hold these companies to account.

Atos Origin do not just do health related testing. They are a global IT and Consultancy company with offices around the UK. One speciality they boast of on their website is having: “a team of Organisation and HR professionals who undertake the analysis, design and execution of headcount reduction.”

A list of Atos Origins locations can be found at: http://www.uk.atosorigin.com/en-uk/about_us/locations/

Other poverty pimps include:

Action for Employment

REED

Manpower

Serco

 

Plus many more, please add details to the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=173084439389460

 

Supported by:

o Accept the challenge Iain Duncan-Smith!
(FB Group from Dundee Unemployed Workers)

o Benefit Claimants Fightback (fb group)

o Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign (fb page)
o Brighton Benefits Campaign
o Carer Watch
o Carer Watch fb page
o Crippen – Disabled Cartoonist
o Disabled People Against Cuts
o Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty
o Free London Listings
o Goldsmiths in Occupation
o Haringey Solidarity Group
o Ipswich Unemployed Action
o Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group
o Lancaster and Morecambe Against the Cuts!
o Norfolk Community Action Group
o Nottingham Claimants’ Union
o Oxford Save Our Services
o Nuneaton Against Benefit Cuts (fb page)
o Squattastic
o Tyneside Claimants Union
o Welfare Rights 4 u (UK) fb page
o Work Programme & Flexible New Deal Scandal
o World Homeless Day

 

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2 Responses to “Target Atos Origin and the Poverty Pimps”

  1. Starvation Says:

    I for one will not be renewing my claim they took the Incapacity component away back in April. Been living on £247 per month since (mid rate DLA) I disagree with those assessments 100% as for what i’ve seen whilst in hospital people living with Mental Health issues and have had abused in the past it is completly undignified to ask for those to relive that nightmare year on year and never allowing to move on with their lives. It is sickening for what this coalition is doing and i am preparing myself for the worst once they take the DLA away. I will not go begging for a benifit in the undignified way as what they are bringing about. They simply done care about disabled people, they are butchers of all that is disabled.

  2. jacky barfoot Says:

    i want to sue atos to the hilt but havent the money or the backing.
    the medical I had in 2007 was abusive, it left me with post traumatic stress and flash backs, i attended on no sleep for 2 days and full of pain killers and unable to follow what was been said
    i was not given travel expenses
    things were ommitted and altered on the medical i demanded to have copies of
    i was left to live off friends and a local gangsters help so i could pay bills and eat
    the ‘doctor’ in question said caring for my parents wasnt a job and i should throw them into care and get on with my life – my father had dementia
    the stress caused my father to deteriorate due to poverty at home, and my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after the medical which was aggrivated by the stress caused at home by it all
    it took 7 months to appeal
    it took 2 months to get a £40 crisis loan
    i was abused over the phone by dwp staff
    i shall never forgive nor forget and my anger lingers
    and always shall until i get my vengance on this


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