Thursday, December 14, 2017


Thousands of disability benefit assessments deemed ‘unacceptable’ by the Government’s own quality audits

New government figures reveal private contractors Atos and Capita are failing to meet required performance targets.

Atos cock-up leaves stroke-victim without benefits and in fear of homelessness

Alan Buchanan had his benefits stopped by the DWP, after an assessor from Atos turned up two hours early for a PIP assessment.

American ‘disability denial factories’ flourishing in the UK

It’s easier to accept the limitless Tory lies rather than face reality, says Mo Stewart.

Private firms pocket more than £500m from hated disability benefit assessments

LibDem leader Tim Farron said the exorbitant cost of PIP assessments "adds to the suspicion that these companies are just driven by a profit motive".

Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare

Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agency.

Disability Benefits Assessments Still Failing Disabled People, Say MPs

MPs warned of "serious failings" with disability benefits assessments, with "too many assessments" failing to meet acceptable performance standards.

Government To Review £500m-Worth Of Atos Contracts After IT Failure

Cabinet Office to examine Whitehall contracts worth £10m in move suggesting lack of confidence in outsourcing company.

Maximus Miss Fitness-To-Work Test Targets Despite Spiralling Costs

The bill for ESA and PIP assessments has now reached £579m.

Volunteer Law Project Wins 95% Of ‘Fit For Work’ Test Appeal Cases

A ‘big society’ scheme born out of legal aid cuts has won back £1m in benefits for sick and disabled clients wrongly assesssed as able to work.

Welfare Weekly Summary, 22 August 2015

This weeks biggest news from Welfare Weekly and others.

Atos Refuse To Disclose Disability Benefit Assessment Profits

Private firm, Atos, has been heavily criticised after refusing to disclose its profits from carrying out disability benefit assessments.

Fitness For Work Tests Make Disabled People Sicker, Says Charity (External Link)

Work Capability Assessments are worsening disabled people's health and increasing physical pain, a new report claims.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 13 (10/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

Thousands Demand To Record Atos Sickness Benefit Tests

Between December 2012 and February 2014, a total of 4,060 audio-recorded face-to-face Work Capability Assessments (WCA) were requested.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 12 (03/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

Atos Ordered DEAD Disabled Man To Attend Benefit Assessment

Bungling Atos ordered a disabled man to attend a disability benefit assessment - two months after he had DIED.

Green Party Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Government Attacks On Sick And Disabled

The Green Party has reacted furiously to what it describes as a 'three pronged Government attack' on sick and disabled benefit claimants.

It’s Official: Maximus Awarded Work Capability Assessment Contract

Maximus Health and Human Services Ltd has been awarded the contract to undertake health-related assessments, DWP announced today

DWP To Award £500 Million ‘Fit For Work’ Contract To U.S Firm Maximus

DWP will award a benefit assessment contract worth £500 million to the private American firm Maximus, according to an anonymous source.

We’ll ‘Rip Them To Bits’: Fury As Brain Damaged Man Is Deemed ‘Fit For Work’

An epileptic man with brain damage, his carer and neighbour have reacted with fury after the disabled man was deemed 'fit for work' by an “overzealous government”.

DWP Figures Reveal Shocking Delays In Sickness Benefit Decisions

Government figures released today show that 40% of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims between October 2013 and December 2013 were still undergoing assessment.

NHS Could Take Over Atos ‘Fit For Work’ Tests, Says MP

The NHS could take over controversial Work Capability Assessments when disgraced private firm Atos stop performing the hated tests next year, a Liberal Democrat MP has suggested. MP David Laws admitted that Atos 'fit-for-work' tests had been “unacceptable” and criticised...

Benefit Reform “Shambles” Pushing Disabled People To Suicide, Says Whistleblower

Sick and disabled claimants are experiencing severe distress and some are even close to suicide due to botched disability benefit reform, an insider has revealed.

Letters: Atos Discriminates Against Disabled People – And the DWP Allow It

"My immediate concern is the fact that DWP allowed Atos to blatantly discriminate against disabled people and yet refused to acknowledge this, let alone actually do anything about it!" - John Lockett

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