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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage

Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage

Summary
This document contains a collection of several hundred articles in the UK Media about the Work Capability Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance

Prepared by the DPAC Research Team Last Updated: September 2013 Contact: Debbie Jolly or Linda Burnip on dpacresearch@gmail.com Disabled People Against Cuts: DPAC is a grass roots campaign body. It was formed by a group of disabled people after the first mass protest against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people held on the 3rd October in Birmingham 2010, England. It was led by disabled people under the name of The Disabled Peoples Protest. DPAC has over 15,000 members and supporters and works with many anti-cuts groups, Universities, Disabled Peoples Organizations, and Unions mail@dpac.uk.net www.dpac.uk.net twitter: @Dis_PPL_Protest

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction.......................................................................................................................2 2. WCA in Video and Audio Media........................................................................................2 3. List of News Articles..........................................................................................................3 3.1. September 2013....................................................................................................................3 3.2. August 2013.........................................................................................................................3 3.3. July 2013..............................................................................................................................4 3.4. June 2013.............................................................................................................................4 3.5. May 2013.............................................................................................................................4 3.6. April 2013............................................................................................................................5 3.7. March 2013..........................................................................................................................5 3.8. February 2013......................................................................................................................5 3.9. January 2013........................................................................................................................5 3.10. December 2012..................................................................................................................6 3.11. November 2012..................................................................................................................6 3.12. October 2012......................................................................................................................7 3.13. September 2012 .................................................................................................................7 3.14. August 2012.....................................................................................................................10 3.15. July 2012..........................................................................................................................13 3.16. June 2012.........................................................................................................................14 3.17. May 2012.........................................................................................................................14 3.18. April 2012........................................................................................................................14 3.19. March 2012......................................................................................................................14 3.20. February 2012..................................................................................................................15 3.21. January 2012....................................................................................................................15 3.22. 2011..................................................................................................................................15 3.23. 2010..................................................................................................................................17 3.24. 2007 -2009.......................................................................................................................18 4. Articles about ATOS in the French Media.......................................................................18

1. Introduction
This document contains a list of all the known media reports on the Work Capability Assessment. Many of these reports contain specific examples of cases where the Assesment has failed to correctly asses people's medical conditions, leading to hardship and worry for the people affected and their carers and loved ones. The articles contained in this document coome from both local and national press, there is also a section on video media relating to the WCA. A companion report to this, contains factual information about the Work Capability Assessment. It is available to read online at http://www.scribd.com/doc/149781564/Dpac-Report-Atos-Wca-Factfile

2. WCA in Video and Audio Media


Youtube Video House of Commons - Work Capability Assessment Debate 17th Jan 2013 Debate Speech By Michael Meecher

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage BBC Democracy Live Video Recording BBC Democracy Live Video Recording BBC The One Show 9th May 2011 (Youtube) Youtube Video Youtube Video Youtube Video Youtube Video BBC Democracy Live Video Recording Channel 4 Dispatches-Video BBC News-Video Channel 4 News-Video Youtube Video Youtube Video Youtube Video Youtube Video House of Commons - Backbench Business Debate - MPs criticise Atos' role in assessing ill and disabled for work Scottish Parliament - Welfare Reform Committee taking evidence on the WCA Atos Fit to Work Assessment v Dr Assessment -The One Show -9 May 2011 After Atos - The Alternative Christmas Message: Pain and Great Tribulation House of Commons - John McDonnell MP speaking up for Atos Healthcare victims Simon Hickmans Atos assessment Video on Advice for Appealing WCA the UK Government tried to ban House of Commons - Westminster Hall debate on 4 September 2012 on the Role of ATOS in the WCA Dispatches - Britain on the Sick ATOS protests and disability benefit payment changes Disability testing system failing says dead man's parents ATOS Healthcare -Register of Shame ATOS Protest, Triton Square, 3rd Feb 2012 DPAC & UK Uncut protest ATOS + DWP 31/8/2012 A call to ATOS to enquire about euthanasia options for the sick and disabled

3. List of News Articles


This list of articles is presented in reverse chronological order

3.1. September 2013


Darlington and Stockton Severely disabled man told he must take medical to prove he is not fit for Times work Huffington Post Amy Jones, Woman With Cerebral Palsy, Given Prognosis By ATOS That Her Disability 'Expected To Improve'

3.2. August 2013


New Statesman Bradford Telegraph and Argus Nursing in Practice Independent Huffington Post Mirror BBC News Foyle and West Independent How are those with mental health problems treated by Atos? Bradford Council to probe work disability tests Charities criticise 'flawed' fit for work system GPs charge disabled up to 130 to appeal fitness-to-work decisions Atos Tests Branded 'Farcical' After Finding Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers Fit For Work Written off by ATOS - I might as well die: The desperate letters from benefit cuts victims Brain injury victim's family disgusted at 'work' letter Watchdog turns focus on Atos -the firm that tests people claiming sickness and

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage disability benefits Guardian Broughton Spurtle Mirror British Medical Journal Northern Echo Mirror Mirror 3.3. July 2013 Guardian Guardian Guardian BBC News BBC News Foyle and West Daily Record Why I blew the whistle on Atos fitness-for-work test Disabled benefits claimants test: Atos reports found 'unacceptably poor' The problems with work assessments run deeper than Atos Work fitness tests must improve, say ministers 30 protest at medical test centre in Londonderry Iain Duncan Smith blasted for ignoring the warnings of an Atos whistle-blower who quit in protest at controversial welfare tests Our pilgrimage to the Atos centre, where miracles happen ATOS GETS A TASTE OF ITS OWN MEDICINE Whistleblower tells the inside story of ATOS Personal View - I blew the whistle on the governments disability assessments Former Darlington nurse in fitness to work dispute Atos fit-to-work assessments branded 'farcical' as nearly half of people with progressive diseases like Parkinson's told they'll RECOVER How could Atos class such a sick man as fit for work?

Guardian Atos assessors told to keep disability benefit approvals low, film suggests Lancashire Evening Post Benefits farce hits family of Downs Syndrome twins

3.4. June 2013


Herald Scotland Herald Scotland Liverpool Daily Post Daily Record Morning Star Tartaglia attacks 'injustice' of Coalition benefit reform Tory immunity to facts will not make them disappear Police called after welfare experts offer advice to disabled ahead of Atos sickness benefit assessments Record View: Atos chief's 280k pay rise adds insult to injury for the disabled tricked out of their benefits Disability activists ask for 2nd opinion from reneging GPs

3.5. May 2013


BBC News BBC News Daily Record Herald Scotland Mirror Online Scotsman Scotsman This is Croydon GPs 'flooded' with letter requests due to UK benefit reforms Disability benefit assessments 'unfair', says ex-worker Benefits row dad takes his own life and is found dead in his flat by his fiancee Welfare reforms not fit to work Linda Wootton: Double heart and lung transplant dies nine days after she has benefits stopped John McArdle: GPs unaware they can flag up patients at risk GPs say benefits tests causing enormous suffering Disabled woman 'humiliated' by health assessor

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3.6. April 2013


Gazette & Herald Guardian Guardian Northern Echo Benefits withdrawal led to mans suicide Atos apologises to long-term sick wrongly assessed as fit for work Telling tales about work assessment Former bodybuilder who can barely walk contemplated suicide after nurse ruled him fit to work Former bodybuilder who can barely walk contemplated suicide after nurse ruled him fit to work

3.7. March 2013


Bolton News Hamilton Advertiser Huffington Post Mail Independent Amputee declared "fit to work" and has his benefits cut Staff doing Atos work to get `violence' training Carer For Bolton Amputee Who Had Benefits Cut Speaks Out Blind in one eye, partially deaf and facing major spinal surgery but Thalidomide mother is STILL found fit to work Brain-damaged amputee fit for work, says Atos

3.8. February 2013


Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Guardian Kate Belgrave Blog The Fed Online Manchester Evening News New Statesman Herald Scotland Independent Con-Dem benefit cuts blasted by vet crippled by chronic pain Labour MP vents fury over Atos 36% profit increase Fitness for work testing deemed a failure DWP to blame for fitness-to-work tests fiasco, MPs say Why cant we find out more about Atos mental function champions? Atos nurses were told: Youre too nice to work here Blind Chadderton woman is ordered back to work wins benefits battle The tragedy of Alice, How the Work Capability Assessment costs lives Busy GPs refuse to help disabled patients fight benefit tribunals Partially blind Thalidomide victim with brain tumour fights Atos decision to force her to attend interviews and put together CV

3.9. January 2013


Daily Record Holyrood Magazine ITV News New Statesman BBC -Ouch! Blog Daily Record DWP force 50,000 disabled Scots to go back to work Abusive behaviour toward Atos staff in Scotland on the rise Kidney patient may lose benefits The Shadow State: The "dehumanising, degrading" treatment of disabled people The Great Disability Scam, as told by Kate Atos scandal: Man found fit to work despite peeling bones

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage Guardian Ekklesia Guardian Independent Express London Evening Standard The Fed Online 'This brutal new system': a GP's take on Atos and work capability assessments Latest Work Capability Assessment proposals will worsen plight of sick and disabled people Atos comes under attack in emotional Commons debate Atos told incontinent woman to wear nappy Deaths warning as MPs blast Atos Deaths warning as MPs blast Atos New fitness for work test changes could breach Human Rights Act

3.10. December 2012


Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Guardian Independent This is Staffordshire Huffington Post Manchester Evening News Blaze survivor turns to Christmas food bank after his jobseeker's allowance is cut Revealed: Tory tests passed Alexander Mackie fit to work despite being registered blind and walking with a white stick Lung transplant patient's benefits cash slashed from 130 to 21 Disabled man takes government to court over benefit test Disabled man abandoned on the second floor of building during Atos fire alarm evacuation Shelton benefits blunder victim Chris Cann dies Atos Disability Benefits Row: Epileptic Colin Traynor's Death Blamed On Stress Of Being Found 'Fit For Work Paralympian with one leg told he's 'not disabled enough' to receive benefits

3.11. November 2012


Craven Herald Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Star Guardian Herald Huffington Post Independent Isle of Man Today Mail Online Manx Radio Disabled carer told youre fit to work Atos killed my dad, says boy 13 Iain Duncan Smith to write to distraught teenager who blames Atos for father's death Benefits clawback firm ATOS call back cancer patients and dementia sufferers ATOS bosses to face parliament probe after campaign reveals controversial fit for work tests being carried out 25m on appeals Work capability assessment reform too slow, says independent review Staff anger as benefit test firm Atos wins Government counselling contract Disabled Man Christos Palmer On Hunger Strike Outside Atos Offices After Being Found 'Fit For Work' How can it be that a disabled man needs to go on hunger strike just to get heard by Atos? Almost 70% lose incapacity benefit Double heart bypass patient in post operative intensive care is sent Government letter ordering him back to work Labour MP concerns over Atos Healthcare

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage New Statesman Politics.co.uk This is Derbyshire Wales Online Your Local Guardian Sick and tired: the coalitions war on the disabled and destitute Man with terminal brain cancer told he's 'fit for work' System targets society's most vulnerable people Cancer stricken ex RAF pilot becomes victim of benefits cuts Grandfather with traumatic brain injury told he is fit to work

3.12. October 2012


BBC News Daily Record Daily Record Express Guardian Guardian Guardian Huffington Post Independent Independent Independent Isle of Man Today Mirror Public Service Online Socialist Worker Telegraph Telegraph 'Blame shared over sickness benefit test problems Disabled Scots spared Atos assessment after firm forced into retreat thanks to Record campaign Axemen ATOS face 40m payday for work making disabled Scots miserable Doctor 'shocked' by benefits system How welfare assessors told disabled woman to get ready for work Get ready for work: what woman who needs constant care was told Atos calls in public sector to take on outsourced medical assessments Department of Work and Pensions Blunders, Exposes Dirty Washing in Public How many more, George? Ruth Anim and Liam Barker. Different disabilities, very similar situations Enough is enough. Disabled people are driven to suicide because of the Government's welfare reform Fear of fitness to work tests driving disabled patients to suicide, say 6% of GPs Atoss bill is confidential Atos to land 40m profit from disability test contract in North and Scotland Hodge: DWP management contract 'easily exploited' Atos documents reveal chaos behind Tory benefit reforms 20,000 back to work assessments on benefits claimants 'substandard', audit finds Botched tests deny the disabled their benefits

3.13. September 2012


BBC News 24 Dash Belfast Telegraph Big Issue Camden New Journal Crosby Herald Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record ATOS protests and disability benefit payment changes MP's constituent with broken back passed 'fit for work' Crowd voices ATOS anger ATOS are unfit to test disability, say Big Issue readers Mother who was signed off work with 'excruciating pain', another victim of controversial disability benefit assessments Amputee denied benefits despite chronic pain Alex Salmond wants to give ATOS 3million ATOS bill for humiliating assessments matches benefits for 55,000 disabled Scots ATOS scandal victims speak to the Daily Record ATOS scandal: Benefits bosses admit over half of people ruled fit to work

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage ended up destitute Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Daily Record Disability News Service Ekklesia Fed Online Google News Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Huddersfield Examiner Huddersfield Examiner Huffington Post UK Huffington Post UK IC Sefton and West Lancs Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Irish Times Benefits bullies ATOS are driving Scots to brink of suicide Disabled need help but ATOS is failing them in the worst way possible Labour MP calls for 'fundamental reform' of ATOS' capability assessment Marine's ordeal at the hands of ATOS Nurse makes heartfelt apology after ATOS forced her to trick disabled people out of benefits Royal Marine who lost limb in Afghanistan has disability benefit stopped in ATOS scandal Tories accuse ATOS scandal stories of being 'anecdotal' as cross party support hails campaign London 2012: The ATOS cover up continues Work or starve plans for seriously ill welfare claimants might backfire Disabled claimants feel persecuted by WCA system, say MPs Protest over 'fit for work' tests ATOS is doing a good job as the government's flakcatcher Big name brands were the major losers of London 2012 Catch up with the Paralympics vibe stop excluding disabled people Disabled benefits claimants face 71 a week fines for breaching work plan Docking benefits from sick and disabled people unable to work is barbaric Government relaxes plans forcing cancer patients to actively seek work Labour calls for review of sickness benefits assessment Letters: Private firms' role in creation of disability assessment regime Paralympians express fears over disability living allowance plans Paralympics 2012: disability makes for a surprisingly political Games Huddersfield protestors campaign against Paralympic sponsor ATOS Huddersfield protestors occupy job centre in demonstration against French firm ATOS Healthcare (Video) ATOS 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments, DWP Figures Show Universal Credit and Disability Allowance Controversy Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson calls for ATOS Healthcare to be axed in benefits row ATOS assessor 'forced to judge disabled fit for work' Empty words don't fund a full life for disabled people Not all disabled people can be world beaters Paralympics stars urged to denounce ATOS Politics and the Paralympics: Voters are against cuts to disability benefits Thousands of sick and disabled people face months of worry over this sorry test Chris Grayling heckled in parliamentary debate as he defended Government use of ATOS Healthcare Death of cancer patient who went public over benefit cuts

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Islington Tribune Liverpool Daily Post Mail Mail Metro Mirror Mirror Mirror Morning Star Morning Star Northampton Chronicle and Echo Northamptonshire Telegraph Optician Online Press Association PressTV PressTV Public Service Europe Rethink Mental Illness Right to Work RT News Scotsman Scotsman Scotsman Sheffield Telegraph Sheffield Telegraph Sheffield Telegraph Socialist Worker Socialist Worker Socialist Worker This is Gloucestershire

Disabled campaigners challenge benefit company and Paralympic sponsor accused of assessing peoples lives in minutes Mr Brocklebank: Vulnerable? Let me get my violin out! Benefits bosses apologise after war veteran and his daughter were wrongly denied payments Job Centre Plus: Paralysed teen who has been on life support since birth is told to prove he can't work or lose benefits One legged marine 'not disabled enough' to be allowed benefits ESA cuts: Government's disability assessment policy is not working for those most in need Public Service David Cameron and George Osborne booed at Paralympic events Team GB slam government plans to slash disability payments New research shows how disabled bear brunt of Tory cuts What game is ATOS playing? Living with the cuts: a look at the reality for disabled people in Northamptonshire MP calls for ATOS contract review Paralympics sparks ATOS assessment row Protest over 'fit for work' tests Paralympics welfare cuts propaganda UK government cuts affect disabled people Paralympics embarrassment a warning for George Osborne New GP survey shows Government welfare test is pushing vulnerable people to the brink ATOS Shamed And DWP Occupied Sponsorship scandal mars Paralympics Analysis: Are Paralympians being used as tools in the propaganda war against disability benefits? Paralympics buzz will not drown out chorus of disapproval of ATOS Paralympics propaganda for welfare cuts, claim disabled MP calls for ATOS contract review Protest over 'fit for work' tests Sheffields disabled join Paralympic protest 'ATOS forced me to crawl on floor in tears' 'Seven medals but now Tories want my benefits' Hundreds protest outside ATOS headquarters then blockade DWP Demo on disabled benefit cuts

Public Service Magazine 'Disability 'fit to work' tests can kill'

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3.14. August 2012


BBC News BBC News BBC News Kent BBC News London BBC News London BBC News Northern Ireland BBC News UK BBC News UK BBC News UK Blottr Blottr Blottr Brand Channel Bristol 247 Channel 4 News Channel 4 News Channel 4 News Computer Weekly Computer Weekly Computer Weekly Computer Weekly Express Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian Huffington Post UK Paralympic sponsors cause controversy Disabled people 'wrongly deprived of benefits' Maidstone CAB 'wins 95% of work test benefit appeals' Disability protests at benefits contractor ATOS HQ ATOS protest: Disability rights groups target firm Benefits appeal woman Cecilia Burns from Strabane has died Watchdog finds 'weaknesses' in sickness benefit system Sickness benefit contractor ATOS Healthcare to review letters Minister for Disabled People: 'We need to get changes right' Protesters stage 'die in' against ATOS sponsorship of Paralympics ATOS to claimant, "WHY AREN,T YOU DEAD YET! ATOS: Public criticism gains momentum after inspirational Paralympics Opening Ceremony Paralympic Sponsor ATOS Getting Grief From Athletes Bristol MP backs protest against Paralympics sponsor Paralympic Games open with a message of inspiration Disability rights protesters invade government building Did GB Paralympians choose to hide ATOS branding? Paralympic protests against ATOS reaches Whitehall Disability activists hijack Paralympics for ATOS protest ATOS employees to be investigated over Facebook remarks about disability benefit applicants ATOS and Capita win 540m in controversial DWP disabilities testing contract MP calls for ATOS contract review Phil Disley on ATOS's involvement with the Paralympics cartoon Paralympics 2012: crossing London can be an obstacle course for disabled fans Letter: Paralympic paradox Disabled people protest against ATOS role in Paralympics Cuts to disability services threaten our Paralympian future Sue Marsh Celebrate Paralympians, but remember they needed state help to get there British Paralympic team deny 'anti ATOS protest' Behind the Paralympics, the reality for disabled people in Britain 2012 ATOS protests climax with 'day of action' against Paralympics sponsor ATOS holds 3bn of government contracts ATOS doctors could be struck off ATOS and Capita named as preferred bidders for PIP disability assessments Scuffles At ATOS Paralympics Protest As Police And Disability Campaigners Clash (VIDEO) (PICTURES)

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage Huffington Post UK Huffington Post UK Huffington Post UK Huffington Post UK Huffington Post UK Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Independent Inside the Games ITN News ITV News Wales Londonist Mail Mail Mail Mail Metro Metro Mirror Mirror Mirror Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Paralympics: Government Accused Of 'Hypocrisy' Towards Disabled People Paralympics 2012 Could Improve Public Attitudes To Disability, Scope Research Shows Paralympic Organisers Accused Of Discriminating Against Wheelchair Users Matt Carr: Disabled people: heroes or scapegoats? Cecilia Burns Dead: Benefits Campaigner, Who Appealed Against 'Fit To Work' Report By ATOS, Dies The lasting legacy of the Paralympics should be to see disabled people as equal Paralympic sponsor engulfed by disability tests row Paralympic sponsor ATOS engulfed by disability tests row Mark Steel: Odd choice for a Paralympics sponsor Leading article: These Games are about ability and inspiration Leading article: A fantastic show but it wasn't the whole story Hundreds protest against Paralympics sponsor ATOS as anger about its role in slashing benefits bill intensifies Half a million disabled people may lose benefits under reforms Gold for UK plc, but no podium for sponsors David Cameron praises Paralympians, but his policies will crush them ATOS contract does not offer value for money, says National Audit Office Letters: A bitter blow for disabled people Olympic sponsor targeted by angry disability groups over links to London 2012 Disability protesters clash with police Protest in Cardiff over tests for incapacity benefit Paralympic Sponsor ATOS Provokes Protests Widow awaiting cancer surgery told to get back to work by benefits inspectors following Government welfare reforms When Are You Going To Stand Up For Our Sick And Disabled, Mr. Miliband? Triple amputee warned he will lose his benefits unless he can prove he is disabled The Paralympics celebrate the strength of disabled people and so do all the protests that accompany them Protesters show anger at Paralympic sponsor over disability benefit work Disabled rights campaigners protest at ATOS and DWP David Cameron wins gold medal for hypocrisy for his treatment of disabled people ATOS protests: "Grand finale" to a week of action against 'fit for work' testing firm 32 disability benefit claimants die after being forced into jobs Where the real greed lies What game is ATOS playing? Tycoonery The company that doesn't give ATOS about disability

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman Press TV Public Service Magazie Redpepper Magazine Rocket News Scotsman Sheffield Telegraph Sourcing Focus Sourcing Focus Sourcing Focus Tech Week Europe Telegraph The Consultant The Daily Shame This is Derbyshire This is Derbyshire This is Hull and East Riding This is Hull and East Riding Paralympic hero joins ATOS protest Paralympians join action against ATOS New disability test will 'cause suicides' Home carer calls for hypocrite Cameron to be prosecuted Disabled target ATOS on eve of Paralympics Disabled storm DWP in daring anti ATOS raid Disability campaigners are set to descend on Paralympic sponsor ATOS yet again tomorrow Coalition told it must punish ATOS for mess Campaigners target Games sponsor ATOS Campaigners take ATOS fight to firm's HQ Callousness beyond belief Beggaring the nation As low as you can get Anti cuts demo targets ATOS HQ 'Is this country worth dying for?' Perhaps Iain Duncan Smith will accuse me of peeing on the data Labour must lead the way in restoring politics after its abuse by elites Is benefit bashing the next Osborne gamble to go wrong? ATOS protests climax with day of action against Paralympics sponsors NAO finds failings in fitness for work test ATOS sponsors the Paralympics? Its enough to make you scream Benefits cut appeal woman dies Joyce McMillan: Cynically demonising the disabled Sheffields disabled join Paralympic protest National Audit Office criticises ATOS under performance' Disability activists prepare to protest against ATOS "Disability activists prepare to protest against ATOS Paralympics Sponsor ATOS Hits Back At Disability Protesters Video: Disability rights protesters clash with police outside Department for Work and Pensions ATOS, Capita scoop 500 million in UK DWP disability award. ATOS parasites, sorry, employees have fun on Facebook Pressure mounts against firm over assessments for sickness support Fury at Paralympic 'hypocrisy' of private firm ATOS behind fit to work tests Benefits protest at Hull branch of ATOS over Paralympic Games 'hypocrisy' 'Responsibility to treat disabled people fairly'

Public Finance Magazine NAO finds faults in disability assessments contract Public Service Magazine Protests against Paralympics partner get senior support

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage This is South Wales Times of News Wales Online Wales Online Washington Post Washington Post Disabled groups in sponsor protest ATOS benefit appeal woman dies MP calls for ATOS contract review Disabled People Against Cuts stage demo against Paralympics sponsor As Paralympics start, Britains disabled decry cuts Activist Patrick Lynch sobs during a protest next to ATOSs London headquarters Protest over 'fit for work' tests

Womens Views on News Disabled people slam hypocrisy of Paralympics sponsor Yahoo! News

3.15. July 2012


BBC News Camden New Journal Computer Weekly Guardian Guardian Guardian Guardian New Statesman Huffington Post UK Independent Independent Mail Mail Mirror Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman Sourcing Focus Telegraph Benefit cheats 'colour attitudes to disabled people' Disabled protest over fit for work tests at ATOS in Holloway ATOS profits grow 2% in first half of 2012 to 102m Flaws exposed in fit for work test Fitness-for-work tests hit by technical chaos Chris Grayling's email to Ministry of Justice full document Benefits assessment firm causing 'fear and loathing' among claimants, says MP Work capability assessments: the fightback Could We Have a Corporate-Free Olympics? Yes we could! Benefits and targets: Sickness and disability are not the same Deaf and disabled artists take centre stage Out... Boss of incapacity benefit crackdown who called for more humanity Flawed disability tests 'send those who are genuinely sick and unable back to work' Doctor claims Government has issued targets for 7 out of 8 to be reclassified as eligible for work Pressure piles up on sick profiteers ATOS Disabled means test to be challenged at High Court ATOS workers to vote on Olympic strikes Work capability assessments: the fightback Withdrawing benefits when there are no jobs to find is just cruel Welfare reform suicides must not be overlooked Olympic sponsor ATOS faces summer strikes Disability tests 'sending sick and disabled back to work'

The Bureau of Tough love or tough luck: assessing disability benefits Investigative Journalism The Fed Online This is Derbyshire This is Derbyshire Access to Work figures are disgraceful, says shadow minister Review into flawed benefits system assessment praised Hundreds in Derbyshire win victory in sickness benefits battle

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3.16. June 2012


Camden New Journal Daily Record Guardian Huffington Post UK Mirror Morning Star Morning Star New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman This is Derbyshire 'Don't play games with lives - disabled people won't be silenced during the Olympics' Fury over 1m bonus for chief exec of controversial Sickness benefit test company Judge considers judicial review of Work Capability Assessment Welfare Payment Cuts: Chris Grayling Refused To Hear Case Of Breast Cancer Sufferer ATOS fatcat lands 1m bonus for helping to slash disability benefits bill Tory brushes off suicide warning MP reveals fight against depression Human cost of welfare reform How many more disabled people will die frightened that their benefits will be taken away? How many more disabled people will die ... 'The whole system needs sorting out' says patient after benefit claim saga

3.17. May 2012


Computer Weekly Disabled Go News Independent Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star New Statesman This is Derbyshire Department for Work and Pensions spent 24m with ATOS in 2011 SEN reforms: Government pushes ahead with anti-inclusion plans Tanni Grey-Thompson: Paragon of the Paralympics Paralympians join calls to stop cuts Media is fuelling hate against disabled benefit claimants Living at the sharp end 500,000 could lose their disability benefits Council's cuts will have devastating impact on homeless, warns group

3.18. April 2012


Guardian Mirror Morning Star New Statesman This is Derbyshire This is South Wales Disability rights protesters bring Trafalgar Square traffic to a standstill 32 die a week after failing test for new incapacity benefit Disabled activists target Olympics Raising the pension age will just turn 69 year-olds Half of those on incapacity in Derbyshire are deemed 'fit for work' Review finds a third on benefits are fit to work

3.19. March 2012


BBC News Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Mail Mail Strabane cancer woman's fury at benefit cut Cancer sufferer furious at being told she's fit to work The Coalition want people with mental health issues to get working. And what work would that be then? Suicide training in Job Centres? Cancer patients scrubbing floors? Welcome to

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage Cameron's Brave New World Mail New Statesman South Wales Echo Telegraph This is Derbyshire This is Derbyshire British people are committing suicide to escape poverty. Is this what the State wants? Cameron's desperate offer to voters: nastiness in the national interest Letters to the editor Twice as many judges needed to handle benefits appeals Robin Mitchell who sufferes from Parkinson's faces fit-to-work tests Parkinson's patient faces having his benefit halved

3.20. February 2012


BBC News UK Blottr Mail Mail Mirror Mirror Morning Star New Statesman Ministers admit to sickness benefits backlog Public critical as Paralympics sponsor wins 400m disability testing contract Why does David Cameron insist on disability cuts that even sickened his own party? This is not wartime Nazi Germany and Cameron's attacks on the vulnerable and needy must be stopped Terminally ill face being forced to do work experience or lose their benefits Grandad declared capable of work by testing firm died one month later ATOS protesters brave bitter chill to picket firm's HQ The revolt against workfare spreads

3.21. January 2012


Guardian Huffington Post UK Independent Mail Mail Morning Star New Statesman Disability campaigners stage central London protest against welfare reforms Disability Living Allowance Disgrace The big questions: Should ATOS be sponsoring the Paralympics? Welfare Reform Bill: Where is our national conscience? David Cameron's Welfare Reform Bill: Hiding the truth is not the way to achieve it Trespass charges dropped Why British journalists are taught to be dishonest

3.22. 2011
Huffington Post UK Morning Star This is Cornwall BBC News Scotland Mail Mirror Morning Star New Statesman Government's Use of ATOS to Combat Benefit Fraud is Flawed, Costly and Counterproductive 'Victorian picnic' picket hits ATOS Recession 'hardens attitude to the disabled' Disabled 'suicidal' over Welfare Reform Bill Wheelchair users banned from using lift at assessment centre for disability benefits Outrage as firm accused of 'smearing' disabled is named Paralympics sponso r Hardest hit fight back against cuts Let's help Dave get his facts straight

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage New Statesman Wales Online Channel 4 News Morning Star Morning Star This is Hull and East Riding This is Hull and East Riding Mirror Mirror Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Morning Star Sourcing Focus This is Derbyshire Camden New Journal Camden New Journal Guardian Guardian Huffington Post UK Mirror Wales Online Mirror New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman Camden New Journal Channel 4 News Londonist Mirror Morning Star Camden New Journal Camden New Journal How Osborne could squeeze benefits again Letters to the editor Campaigners threaten Paralympics boycott Claimants on streets over ATOS national protests CarerWatch forum up after ATOS libel threat Heartache of Bridlington soldier Aron Shelton, who lost leg in Afghanistan bomb blast, only to face benefits battle Bridlington soldier Aron Shelton, who lost leg in Afghanistan bomb blast, wins benefits battle ATOS worker sneers at "down and outs" ATOS complaint suspends carerwatch website Firm to negotiate over closure of disabled forum Care firm silences its critics ATOS threatens legal action against disabled man Activist sings the benefit blues ATOS Healthcare Employees Investigated Why is Government using private firm for checks? Ex-soldier who served in Afghanistan and Iraq is refused benefits under assessment system Disabled protest over fit for work tests at ATOS in Holloway Disability benefit reform: is the government hiding behind ATOS errors? A contract to terrify 1.5m people on incapacity benefit Legal aid reveals government test for incapacity benefit is inaccurate ATOS, company paid to drive people off disability benefits, slammed by MPs after blunders People on disability benefits left petrified ahead of new eligibility test, warns MP Steve Cram runs into conflict The poorest deserve a change from our broken benefits system The government needs to know how afraid people are How Labour got welfare wrong and how it can put it right Dignity in life, dignity in death Archbishop of Canterbury: no one voted for the coalition's policies MP Emily Thornberry intervenes to win benefits for ex housing worker put through humiliating assessment Disabled people protest against cuts Week Of Action For Disability Rights Stress of Tory benefits tests killed our dad, family claims Disabled activists claim new testing system ignores advice of medical Claimants lose out ATOS Healthcare's fit to work test demeans Disabled

Public Service Magazine People ''killing themselves'' over reforms

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DPAC Research Work Capability Assessment UK Media Coverage New Statesman New Statesman Channel 4 News Mirror This is South Wales Guardian Mirror New Statesman This is Derbyshire BBC News UK Mirror New Statesman The war on welfare scroungers, part 94 The shame is all theirs Benefits reform: disabled people 'terrified' by changes No answers to our ATOS Origin questions A Port Talbot mum has travelled to London to lobby against new benefit rules that might lead to her son losing his independence. Letterrs: Anguish over benefits tests Another sick attack on the ill Tory welfare reforms are misguided PROTESTERS who gathered outside a city job centre to demonstrate against cuts in benefits have vowed to help people when they are made redundant. Campaigners warn over incapacity benefit changes Spinning the sick note myth Tales from the front line: public sector workers speak out

3.23. 2010
Mirror New Statesman Sourcing Focus Mirror Morning Star New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman This is Hull and East Riding New Statesman New Statesman New Statesman Disabled Go News Guardian New Statesman New Statesman This is Bristol New Statesman This is Derbyshire This is Hull and East Riding Mirror This is Cornwall Sick? Computer says no James Purnell: I could have been Iain Duncan Smith ATOS Origins healthcare division awarded 300 million contract extension Tories hold 25k champagne party before announcing huge benefits cuts On the shoulders of the vulnerable The war on welfare scroungers, part 77 Judged fit to work? You could lose your benefits if you appeal ATOS is "black and white" on fitness and disability 500,000 people could lose sick pay East Riding councillors have backed injured exsoldier Aron Shelton's fight to keep his disability benefit. The cuts will destroy lives Reducing the number on sickness benefits must be fair Cameron's war on benefit fraud: the unanswered questions EMERGENCY BUDGET: DLA reforms will hit disabled people hard Welfare crackdown begins with drive to reduce incapacity benefit claims The mass unemployment Budget Pre Budget briefings: huge cuts to welfare Benefit system puts a strain on those who are already ill The truth about those cuts . . . Medical details sent in error Mum of Hull soldier killed on frontline praises resigning officer for taking a stand Council tell teenager she's too unfit to work for job, but is then refused benefits for being too healthy Cancer patients 'missing out on benefits'

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Mirror New Statesman

Tories' savage disability benefit reform in chaos as two in five appeals The battle against benefit cuts and poverty pimps

3.24. 2007 -2009


This is South Wales This is Derbyshire This is Derbyshire New Statesman New Statesman Tory plans could see 3,000 lose 25 per week in benefits Centre approved Medics to move in at restaurant? Is Labour abolishing illness? Labour and the sick note

4. Articles about ATOS in the French Media


Thanks to @AnitaBellows12 for these links: ATOS, sponsor des Jeux Paralympiques, force les handicaps retourner au travail -Royaume-Uni -Basta ! Londres, des manifestants handicaps dnoncent les coupes dans les allocations : Faire Face ATOS, sponsor des Paralympiques jug trop svre avec les handicaps | Rue89 Sport Arrt sur images -ATOS : sponsor scandaleux des Jeux Paralympiques ? ATOS, sponsor controvers des Jeux Paralympiques de Londres | Silicon JEUX PARALYMPIQUES La vitrine dore d'une politique honteuse envers les handicaps | Courrier international Un scandale bien britannique, mais ATOS une socit made in France -AgoraVox le mdia citoyen Englsh Translation French ATOS staff speak out against mainstream media omerta SUD AtoS Lorsque le courage ne suffit pas. Karen contre ATOS -AgoraVox le mdia citoyen Vague de suicides France Tlcom: l'ex-PDG inculp de harclement moral | Europe

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