19th February 2014
The Con-Dem government have outsourced the assessment of disabled people for eligibility for benefits to the private IT company Atos Origin in order to shift disabled people onto the much harsher regime of Jobseekers Allowance and distance themselves from responsibility for what happens to disabled people as a result. Their assessments are degrading, stressful and unfair. Many of the people they find “fit to work” simply are not; in 2010, over 1300 people died soon after being kicked off disability benefits due to an Atos assessment. This number is rising.
Disabled people cannot and must not accept this. On Wednesday 19th February, there is a national day of action against Atos and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to demand an end to the cruel and inhumane Work Capability Assessments and to all the Con-Dem benefit cuts that threaten disabled people’s security, independence and lives.
Join us at 12.00 on Wednesday 19th February in Crown Square, Spinningfields,
Manchester City Centre to demonstrate outside the Atos assessment centre and DWP offices at Albert Bridge House. Please bring banners, placards, costumes, etc. and invite your friends, families and anyone who thinks the way disabled people are being treated by this government and its contractors is unacceptable !
For further info, text 07814 805 849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook event: http://bit.do/against-atos