Friday, 14 February 2014

Nationwide Demonstration Against ATOS - Wednesday Noon at Mitre House

Thousands of white carnations were laid out in Parliament Square last September,
 representing the alleged 10,000 dead as a result of benefits cuts
after Work Capabilty Assessments carried out on contract by ATOS.
A peaceful demonstration has been organised to take place on Wednesday 19 February  from 12 midday to 3.30pm outside government contractor ATOS' Lancaster Assessment Centre at Mitre House, Church Street, Lancaster, LA1 1EQ.

All are invited to take part and show the hitherto unaccountable contractor, ATOS, that NO MORE DEATHS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  

The organisers claim that the government has farmed out assessing fitness to work to a private IT company in a drive to shift the disabled onto Jobseekers Allowance, in a pretence at tackling a crisis for which public spending bears no responsibility.  

In real life, this has meant chronically- and terminally-ill people who are obviously unfit for work being deprived of the means to survive, and being placed under intolerable stress and social rejection. Over 10,000 disabled or chronically / terminally ill people have died within weeks of being assessed as 'fit for work', and losing their welfare benefits.

The Lancaster demonstration is part of the coordinated nationwide ATOS National DEMO, outside every Assessment Centre in the UK against victimisation and scapegoating of disabled people and benefit claimants.  

The demo starts at midday and ends at 3.30pm.
See facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/393899157422379/

See also: Local services count the cost of ATOS / DWP failings

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