I found this article on the Atos disability assessment form on Kitty Jones’ blog. It’s an detailed critique of the deceptive nature of the Atos assement forms. She begins
There are three essential ideas to keep in mind when claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) because of the nature of the ESA50 form, and the fact that Atos are seeking to deny benefits, and NOT assess disability: this will not be a fair investigation of your health issues.
This information needs to be shared widely so people are made aware of them, and can use them when claiming ESA or appealing.
These very helpful ideas are:
• Reliably, repeatedly and safely
• Exceptional circumstances – Regulations 25 and 31, 29 and 35
• Atos assessments and pitfalls – how they try to deceive you
I know a number of disabled people, who genuinely cannot work because of their disabilities, who have been thrown off benefit following their assessment by Atos. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, my brother is busy trying to get the DWP to release the exact figures on how many people have killed themselves following the cancellation of their benefit by Atos. The British satirical magazine, Private Eye, has also run a number of stories about how Atos has wrongly assessed severely disabled men and women as ‘fit for work’. Incredibly, this has included the terminally ill, who require any number of drugs simply to keep breathing. Other magnificent achievements in either callousness or incompetence include the physical location of the Atos assessment offices. These have been placed in the upper floors of office buildings, so that those with mobility problems have difficulty actually getting to their assessment.
In this background of callousness and incompetence, Kitty Jones’ article is therefore a very worthwhile treatment and expose of Atos and their mistreatment of the disabled.