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The Atos Monologues2

The Atos Monologues2

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The Atos Monologues by the Atos Stories CollectiveDedicated to the Memory of Karen Sherlock(Died June 8
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2012)
These Monologues are the work of the Atos Stories Collective – a colloborationof disabled and non-disabled people. They are intended to be used wherever itmakes sense to read them, at a protest, in a theatre, a pub, a shopping mall.They are intended to be read by people who’ve experienced Atos, people whocare for those who’ve experienced Atos, disabled actors, non-disabled actors,and anyone else who wants to spread the word about what is happening rightnow to disabled and sick people.There are 11 Monologues. You can perform them how you like, in the order youlike. You can add your own stories in, if you like, at any point that seemsrelevant. You can create another Monologue or only read a few. If you areputting it on as a performance, you can invite the audience to join in with thetwitter games or contributing their own stories. The Monologues are for everyone, and everyone can be part of the Atos Stories Collective1.Let’s get to Work2.Easy Access3.Pain, Pain, Go Away4.Internet Survey No 15.Send in the Clowns6.The Atos Experience7.Internet Survey No 28.Fit to Work9.Appeals10.Internet Surveys No 3 and 411. A Little Bit of Hard Work Never Hurt Anyone
 
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LET’S GET TO WORKIain Duncan Smith(soothing/placatory)
The previous Labour government has made some inroads into welfare reform byintroducing reviews of people on incapacity benefit. It was a start to employ AtosHealth Care to undertake these assessments. But there is more work to be done.The proportion of people parked on inactive benefits has almost tripled in thepast 30 years to 41% of the inactive working age population.That is a tragedy. We must be here to help people improve their lives – not justpark them on long-term benefits.To address this, we will re-assess all current claimants of Incapacity Benefit ontheir readiness to work.If people genuinely cannot work, then we will make surethey get the unconditional support they need. At the same time, we will also make sure the system is fair by ensuring thatreceipt of benefits for those able to work is conditional on their willingness towork.So to be fair to the taxpayer, we will cut payments if they don’t do the rightthing.However, those assessed as immediately capable of work will be moved on toJobseeker’s Allowance straight away. At the same time, those who have the potential to return to work will receive theenhanced support they need through the new Employment and Support Allowance and the Work Programme.
DWP Spokesperson(bland officialese tones)Press Release – 11
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October 2010
 
The first big phase of the Government’s radical welfare reform programme startstoday, as long-term incapacity benefit claimants in Burnley and Aberdeen will bethe first across the country to be reassessed for their ability to work.The reassessment is designed to end the one-size-fits all approach to those withhealth conditions and disabilities which has led to 2.1 million people beingtrapped on benefits.With so many people abandoned on long-term sickness benefits, Ministers aredetermined to reform the welfare system and help those who have beenpreviously written off get back to work and regain their independence.Ministers are clear that the most severely disabled and people who are terminallyill will not be expected to look for work and will get extra help throughEmployment and Support Allowance (ESA).However, those people who are reassessed and found fit for work will move ontoJobseekers Allowance and will be expected to look for work like other  jobseekers. Those who could work but need extra help and support to becomework ready will move onto Employment and Support Allowance and receivetailored support to get back to work.Minister for Employment Chris Grayling said:"It’s unacceptable that so many people have been written off to a lifetime onbenefits and today marks the start of the journey back to work for thousands whohave been cast aside."We know that many of the people trapped on incapacity benefits could and dowant to work, but the current system doesn’t allow them to."That’s why we’ll be reassessing everyone claiming incapacity benefits, startingin Burnley and Aberdeen today and the rest of the country from spring next year."Everyone who can work will get the help and support they need to get a job.Those found too sick or disabled to work won’t be expected to and will continueto receive help and support to lead fulfilling lives
Atos Website(upbeat, positive)London, 16 November 2010:
 Atos Origin today announced that Atos Healthcare, its business division and thenumber one occupational health provider in the UK, has been awarded a three

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