Atos causing pain again!

The lady  (Mrs X) mentioned in my previous post who had failed her ATOS medical has sought advise from Welfare Rights, who have said yes she can appeal and will likely win but will almost definitely be placed in the WRAG group. Apparently even life threatening illness isn’t enough to get you into the Support group as we have all seen from cases highlighted in the press! This has plunged Mrs X into depression as she now realizes she will be subject to attending pointless Jobcentre interviews, forced to apply for jobs she has no chance of getting and face sanctions if she isn’t seen to be doing enough! Mrs X could also find herself having to attend a placement on workfare. All this when her Doctor says she isn’t fit for work. Unfortunately this government aren’t satisfied with all the misery they’ve caused so far and look set to cause more by stepping up the pressure on those in the WRAG group by forcing them on to mandatory work schemes.

My partner has received a letter to this effect just this week. As I’ve said before perhaps with a bit of understanding from employers some of those on ESA could work but unfortunately that understanding is sadly lacking.  If any of those people with long-term health problems did manage to secure a job in many cases it just wouldn’t last because these health problems won’t just go away and time is money. Lets face it money is more important than people’s lives in our society as is shown time and time again. We should be looking after those too ill to work not demonizing them and causing them further pain. I do wonder where all this will end – with the targeting of DLA starting soon the future for those who dare to become ill or disables looks increasingly grim!

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2 responses to “Atos causing pain again!

  1. I really wish welfare rights services wouldnt perpetuate this and tell people that they would or wouldnt get in the support group. the role of the welfare rights serivces are to help people correctly fill in the forms, navigate the system they are NOT there to tell people yes or know. this simply causes even more fear, and anxiety.

    • I think they are just speaking from experience. They have been inundated with people who they help by representing them at appeals and have had very few get in the support group. They have also had people die while waiting for their appeal to come through. Although it may cause anxiety, it is realistic not to raise their hopes too much. To be fair most people probably ask what their chances are of winning the appeal, I know we did.

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