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Vox Political on the Day of Action against Maximus

March 2, 2015

Mike over at Vox Political has also published a piece supporting the day of action against the new administrators of the Work Capability Test, Maximus,It’s time to take a stand against the Coalition’s new benefit-reduction enforcer. This gives the location of the protest in Cardiff and Edinburgh. It begins

Today’s the day, people! It’s time to show the government what you think of its new Work Capability Assessment company – Maximus.

Demonstrations against the American insurance provider, which is said to have a long history of denying the existence of medical disability in claimants (in order to avoid paying out on claims), are taking place up and down the United Kingdom.

This writer has been asked to mention the campaign outside the Atos/Maximus assessment centre on St Agnes Road, Heath, Cardiff CF14 4YJ, taking place between 1pm and 4pm. Readers from Cardiff or parts nearby are urged to go along and show the strength of their feelings about this firm.

The main demonstration is in London, at the address in the image at the top of this article.

In Edinburgh, it is at Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9SJ.

Maximus has been hired by the Coalition Government after ending the contract with Atos due to “significant quality failures”. The contract is worth no less than £595 million over three years – nearly £200 million per year. No doubt public sector employees could have provided the service cheaply and more efficiently but right-wing ministers like the Tories always prefer contracting-out; it means they have someone to blame when things go wrong.

He points out that the company has been involved in a number of costly fraud cases in America, where it was sued by the government for falsifying Medicare claims, and for discrimination against the disabled. He points out that claimants and disability groups and campaigners here are upset that the government has hired this company, as it shows they have reneged on the duty of care the government owes to the disabled. He points out that the disabled and those suffering from long-term illness have also paid their taxes, and so are owed their benefits.

And as Johnny Void has said in the article I’ve just reblogged, Maximus in Australia are no better. They too have been caught falsifying benefits in order to get people sanctioned.

Mike’s article is at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/03/02/its-time-to-take-a-stand-against-the-coalitions-new-benefit-reduction-enforcer/. There’s also a link to DPAC, so you can see if there’s a protest against them in your area you could join.