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A More Creative Approach to Welfare Benefit Reform Could Have Saved Lives

Hugh Salmon | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

So, while the UK was talking about Scotland, someone has died: David Clapson's awful death was the result of grotesque government policies (9 Septemb...

The Terror of Austerity: How the Coalition's Cuts Are Killing Us

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Ackermann

When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

Atos Told Dying Scientist He Was Fit To Work

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

A scientist given 18 months to live by doctors was declared fit to work by Atos and died penniless because he lacked the energy to appeal, his family ...

Atos to Leave WCA Contract Early

Stef Benstead | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

The government should take this opportunity to think very carefully about whether the WCA is the right assessment to continue with. At the very least they shouldn't bind the next government to lengthy contracts for delivering WCAs if that will hinder the opportunity to give the WCA the massive overhaul, even total replacement, that it very much needs.

Atos Declared Unfit For Work

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Atos Healthcare has been declared unfit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions. The decision followed months of assessments, during which...

Atos Will Stop Doing 'Fit-For-Work' Tests On Benefit Claimants Early

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Atos Healthcare is quitting its contract to carry out "fit-for-work" tests on disability benefit claimants before it is due to end next year, the gove...

ATOS Shame for 'Complicit and Negligence' British Medical Association

Alan Wyllie | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Government's welfare reforms have been criticised from all across the political divide and if there is one name that encapsulates the ethos behind the Tory's reform is 'ATOS'.

Atos and the 'Negligence and Complicity' of the BMA Leadership

Alan Wyllie | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It is disgraceful that this pathetic and spineless IT company - that allowed itself to be compromised by vindictive welfare reforms - is anywhere near the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Let's Talk About Tax

Joe Martin | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Martin

Let us not blame only the super-rich for tax avoidance, plenty of averagely wealthy people are getting away with a lower tax bill too. Government should be cracking down heavily on loss-making schemes like the one attempted by Moyles. The amount of prosecution and punishment is still too low.

David Cameron's Had a Bad Week - Even By His Standards

Natalie Bennett | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

When religious leaders across the spectrum line up to say your policies have created a "national crisis" of hunger and poverty, when your government is forced to push out a long-delayed report that comprehensively debunks your already obviously weak explanation for the explosive growth of food banks, it really isn't a great idea to claim that your policies were driven by a "moral mission".

Why Does Atos Want Out Of Its £500m Benefits-Testing Contract?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics

Atos Healthcare, the firm responsible for testing disabled benefit claims in "fitness for work" tests, is in talks to exit its £500 million contract ...

Three Ways You Can Actually Make Money From Home, Written by an Agoraphobic

Rebecca Walton | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Rebecca Walton

As someone who fears leaving my house, I know all too well the difficulties of being told that you're fit for work by ATOS or the DWP, when you're not. After all, who is going to employ someone who can't actually go to the workplace?

Million Sick People Found 'Fit For Work' By DWP

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Almost a million people who applied for sickness benefit have instead been found fit for work, according to figures published today. A third (32%) ...

George Osborne Plans Another £25billion in Cuts, and Wants to Take Around Half of It From Welfare

Lisa Egan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance was stopped. Tim Salter ...

Criminalising Disability in the Media Has Disastrous Consequences for Vulnerable People

Hari Covert | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK
Hari Covert

The media is shifting blame from health service professionals, government policies, economic and labour market problems, towards the claimants themselves. This echoes the changing agenda of the coalition government peddling the notion that 'scroungers' are responsible for bringing the 'strivers' down...

The Welfare Reform Scam

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The government's claim that it is protecting disabled people from cuts is, of course, nonsense. Deep cuts are being made to disability benefits and to social care, which is now used by 25% fewer people. But government is expert in disguising its actions and finding someone else to blame.

Five Jobs Your Kids Will Do

Guy Lidbetter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Guy Lidbetter

Whilst they may not realise it, today's schools are preparing young people for jobs that don't yet even exist, as the IT revolution looks set to change the face of the employment market. At Atos we have been thinking about the sort of careers that lie in store for our so-called digital natives - as well as roles that may not be around for much longer.

It Is the Lies That Kill Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Now, It is perfectly acceptable to understand how people can reach a stage where they feel suicidal, especially if they already have mental health difficulties to manage as well, and I have been there myself more than once.

DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) and Their Fight for Disability Rights

Alan Wyllie | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Government's War on Welfare reaps destruction in its path but one heinous feature of this iniquitous 'reform' appears to have been completely igno...

Let's Close Down the DWP

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the UK today disabled people are astonished by the absurdity of a whole new system that has emerged out of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) ...

WATCH: Dennis Skinner: 'Abolish Cruel, Heartless, Monster' Atos

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

Labour MP Dennis Skinner implored David Cameron to "get rid" of the company that decides whether people are fit-for-work, after a constituent of his d...

Is It Time for a New Coalition?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference a new coalition is emerging. Driven by the injustice of a range of policies - all of which target disabled adults, older people, children and war veterans.

ATOS Bashing Is Just a Fad

Simon Stevens | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

ATOS bashing is a trend that masks a deep dislike and pity for disabled people as 'other' rather than included members of society, and simply adds fuel for the eugenics movement since if disabled people are naturally and automatically unemployable, what is the next logical conclusion?

Taxpayers, Shareholders and the Employability Gravy Train

Rob McDowall | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

For years we have been told that society protects and has a duty to protect those unable to work due to sickness or disability as it is the right and the just thing to do. That tide has well and truly turned with the coalition at the helm of the controversial welfare reform drive...