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Disabled told to take the stairs

Issue No. 2275

Wheelchair users in Croydon have been told to climb a flight of 42 stairs to attend their compulsory disability assessment centre tests—because using the lifts would be “unsafe”.

The centre is run by Atos, the private firm that assesses people who claim sickness and disability benefits. If they are deemed fit to work, they can have their benefits removed.

Atos has been accused of forcing many disabled people off benefits, despite them being unable to work.

Over 40 percent of appeals against Atos rulings have resulted in benefits being restored. Of the 141 Atos-run assessment centres, 29 are not wheelchair-friendly.

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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 17:45 BST
Issue No. 2275
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