Nottingham's 'Atos Two' Charged

Tagged as: aggravated_trespass atos atos_healthcare atos_two police repression
Neighbourhoods: bridewell lace_market nottingham stoney_street
Published by group: GroupNotts Indymedia

Two Nottingham residents, a pensioner and a wheelchair user, have been charged with aggravated trespass. The pair, dubbed the “Atos Two” by supporters, were arrested following a peaceful protest the offices of the Atos “Healthcare” on Stoney Street on September 30th. Campaigners accuse Atos of participating in a government-led attack on people with disabilities under the guise of “austerity.”

Upcoming event: Protest outside Bridewell Magistrates Court, Friday 25th November, 9.30am

On the newswire: ‘Atos Two’ Charged With Aggravated Trespass | Atos 2 Rebailed | Critical Mass Welcomes Release of Atos Arrestee | ATOS National Day of Action: Notts contribution 2 | ATOS National Day of Action: Notts contribution 1

Previous features: Nottingham protest rattles Atos

Kill_the_cuts-medium

Atos Healthcare, is part of IT giant Atos Origin and has been selected by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) to administer the Work Capability Assessment, testing sick and disabled people who apply for benefit.

In November 2010, Harrington Report and the Work and Pensions Select Committee, found the Work Capability Assessment implemented by Atos Healthcare to be mechanistic and Atos’ “medical reports” far too often did not reflect circumstances and discussions that had taken place during the assessments (The Harrington Report, pp. 40-41).

A large number of those tested are told they are able to work, but more than a third have the decision overturned on appeal. Yet even those who win their appeals are dragged back within a few months for another test. Small wonder that some have decided to commit suicide rather than continually go through this cat and mouse process. Seriously ill and even dying people have been called for assessment, and the recommendations of family doctors and specialists are apparently ignored.

In addition, twelve doctors working for Atos face being struck off for improper conduct, and other members of Atos’ staff are under investigation over allegations of obscene criticism of benefit claimants.

Over time sick and disabled people and their supporters have grown more militant and more vocal in their condemnations of Atos. In return Atos threatened legal action against the Internet hosting companies of three websites – Carerwatch, After Atos and Atos Register of Shame, attempting to silence claimants and their small organisations who have had the courage to speak up.

Links:

Link_go National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts

Comments

Aggravated Trespass

the most relevant thing for the 2 people charged, & their legal reprentatives, is I think........ During the course of their actions (trespass?), did they have any "intention of disrupting or intimidating" anyone?.. That is stated in Section 68 of The Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994.

If they didnt have any "intention etc.", then they,ve not commited any crime....