Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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ATOS at Work Again.

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From Political Scrapbook today.

Yet another disabled person has died after being declared “fit for work” by DWP contractor Atos, despite being struck down by a crippling illness. Brian McArdle died the day after his disability benefits were stopped, suffering a fatal heart attack which relatives insist was caused by stress related to the decision.

The 57 year old Scot, wasparalysed down one side of his body, blind in one eye, and couldn’t speak — yet in a bizarre but not uncommon decision Atos thought he wasn’t deserving of Employment and Support Allowance.

Figures from the Daily Mirror have revealed that 32 claimants each week — nearly 1,700 per year — have died after they were branded “fit for work”.

Criticising the previous incapacity benefits regime in March, then employment minister Chris Grayling said:

“To have such a high percentage who are fit for work just emphasises what a complete waste of human lives the current system has been.”

Grayling has moved from a metaphorical “waste of lives” to a literal one.

The Green Benches adds this week,

“The Tory Party has received £1.3 million in donations from donors linked to ATOS.”

Hat-tips to Toby and Facebook friends.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

Posted in ATOS, Atttendance Allowance, Cuts

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  1. Calm down “There all in this together?” ……You can kick a dog only so long ,then it will bite you!

    mkmky

    November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  2. ever wondered how many get sent DWP or Atos letters saying ‘you are fit for work, please sign on JSA at the jobcentre’, after they have died?

    somewhere in UK

    November 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    • People do get these letters, it’s really silly, Iain Duncan Smith (DWP) probably thinks your lying about that too.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      November 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

  3. I know this comment will be considered very tasteless and I appologise in advance.

    I’m surprised Iain Duncan Smith has not decreed that the dead are exhumed and put in farmers fields to use as scarecrow’s, think of all that extra straw the government could sell and make a profit out of, also then he could charge income tax and nat ins because the dead would be classed as working again.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

  4. Stress is one of the biggest factors in heart disease/heart attacks; if you DELIBERATELY keep people under constant stress like the DWP/ATOS do as a matter of “policy” then of course more people will die “quietly” from heart attacks, that is the intent after all. It is absolutely sickening!

    Consultant Cardiologist

    November 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • Just as matter of that. A friend in the claws of the Work Programme has had to get a special mobile so they, or employers, can contact him at any time.

      Andrew Coates

      November 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      • IN RESPONSE TO MR COATES THAT’S ILLEGAL UNDER HUMAN RIGHTS ACT AS IT STATES DO NOT INTERFEIR WITH A MAN’S CORRESPONDENCE HIS EMAILS OR HIS TELEPHONE CALLS CHECK IT UP YOU WILL FIND OUT I AM RIGHT I BELIVE IT’S EITHER ACT 8 OR 4 OR TWELVE I COULD TELL YOU IF I. WAS AT HOME CHECK HUMAN RIGHTS ACT OK MATE

        paul

        November 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  5. I wonder if the Work Programme could be terminated, on the grounds of causing people 2 years of unrelenting stress. This must be illeagal on medical grounds, I think it would make a very interesting court case both here in the UK and at the European court.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

  6. CAMERON AND GANG WON’T BE HAPPY TILL THEY KILL ALL THE UNEMPLOYED THEN THEY CAN REALY SAY WE BROUGHT DOWN UNEMPLOYEMENT U SUM BAG CAMERON

    paul

    November 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  7. This government is attempting to competely take over how people run their own life’s, the people on benefit’s have woken up to this, but the people who employed at the moment haven’t, boy are they in for a shock when they finally come to realise this.

    That’s when it will all kick off in style.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • Sorry for the spelling errors, I’m having a bevvy at the mo.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      November 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      • And why not.

        Mind you I’m sure they’d like to control our drinking and eating as well.

        In Ipswich there’s a whole campaign against shops selling strong lager and cider.

        Though strangely there’s no talk about stopping wine drinkers.

        Andrew Coates

        November 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  8. The ultimate aim of this government is to control everyones life’s, from cradle to grave (BIG BROTHER SOCIETY) This is what Cameron mean’t by ALL IN IT TOGETHER.

    What he failed to mention was – except everyone who’s a multi-millionare or Billionare, such as himself and most of his cabinet.

    IDS watchout you’re not a mutimillionaire, just a millionaire, your ass will be in the sling as soon as your no longer useful to Mr Cameron and Co.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm


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