Nottingham ATOS action
September 30, 2011 12:00Published by group: Anarchist Federation, Nottinghamshire
Tagged as: cuts disability work
Assemble in Hockley, Nottingham city centre, to head over to protest at the ATOS assessment centre on Stoney Street.
Location: Pedestrianised area of Hockley, outside Jugglers at the crossing of Broad St/Carlton St/Stoney St. Nottingham.
Join us for the National Day of Action against ATOS Healthcare and the government's attack on benefits for people with disability and illness through the 'Work Capability Test' and Welfare Reform Bill.
The local action will take place in Nottingham on Hockley, Friday 30th September 2011 at 12.00pm (ATOS is on Stoney Street Nottingham). Facebook details at http://tinyurl.com/nottsatos
Groups campaigning in Nottingham to protect welfare include:
■Notts Save Our Services: http://www.nottssos.org.uk
■Notts UnCut: http://www.nottsuncut.co.uk
■Anarchists Against the Cuts
■Anarchist Federation (Nottingham): http://nottsblackarrow.wordpress.com
Atos Origin have £300 million contract with 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. Atos have now extended their harassment of sick and disabled by using legal threats to silence websites which have been critical of them, see the Benefit Claimants Fightback website below for more details. http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/