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Atos judged not ‘fit for work’

01 April 2014
The government confirmed last week that Atos Healthcare would no longer be carrying out “fit for work” tests on sick and disabled people.

Barnsley freedom ride campaign refuses to pay rail fares

01 April 2014
More than 120 pensioners and disabled people defied the decision to axe free travel by refusing to pay when they boarded trains on Monday of this week.

Tories launch new attack on Independent Living Fund

11 March 2014
The government last week announced plans to push ahead with the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

Man ‘starved’ after an Atos ruling stopped his benefits

04 March 2014
A disabled man starved to death in David Cameron’s constituency last year, four months after his benefits were cut, a coroners court heard last week. Atos Healthcare declared Mark Wood “fit for work” despite the fact that he had serious health problems.

Victory for disabled campaigners as Atos looks for way to escape ‘fit for work’ tests contract

25 February 2014
Hated firm Atos healthcare has said it wants to stop testing whether disabled benefit claimants are “fit for work”.

Benefits campaigners call lobby at parliament

25 February 2014
The court of Appeal ruled last week against disabled campaigners who said the bedroom tax and benefit cap discriminate against them.

Not going Underground: Cuts mean disabled access on Tube will be worse

04 February 2014
Boris Johnson and the Tube bosses say that new technology allows them to sack hundreds of workers and close all ticket offices. But disabled people and Tube workers told Raymie Kiernan that getting rid of workers will make a system that’s already hard to navigate even harder. And it will force some of the capital’s most vulnerable people into isolation

Disabled activists call protests against Atos

21 January 2014
Disabled activists have called for protests at Atos Healthcare centres around Britain.

Disabled activists take on Gove with flash occupation

17 December 2013
Some 30 disabled activists, parents and teachers stormed the Department for Education last week to protest against government attacks on inclusive education.

Tories could take even more benefits from the seriously ill by scrapping Work Related Activities Programme

26 November 2013
Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith wants to make it easier to slash the benefits of 550,000 seriously ill people, the Observer has claimed.

Tories lose court case on Independent Living Fund

12 November 2013
The Court of Appeal last week upheld a legal challenge against the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in 2015.

Commonwealth Games disability rights protest

05 November 2013
 

Internal memos reveal fresh attacks on benefit claimants and job centre workers

29 October 2013
The government is changing the rules to make it harder for disabled people to appeal when it takes away their benefits.

Disability rights protesters take on Tories

22 October 2013
Disability activists protested at London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Monday of this week.

Save the Grange campaigners force mayor to talk

10 September 2013
Some 30 Unison activists, campaigners and parents protested at a youth event attended by Labour mayor Ian Stewart on Tuesday of last week.

Disability activists stage week of action

10 September 2013
Around 200 campaigners for disabled people’s rights protested at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in central London on Wednesday of last week. 

Disability protest blockades entrance to BBC

03 September 2013
Disabled people and their supporters blockaded the entrance to BBC offices in west London on Monday of this week

News in brief round-up

27 August 2013
Charities slam benefit tests | LGBT people face bigotry at work | Child poverty worse than 1960s

Court backs bedroom tax - but protests grow

30 July 2013
The Tories’ bedroom tax is pushing people to despair but resistance is growing too, reports Dave Sewell

Atos disability tests found ‘unacceptable’

23 July 2013
Thousands of disabled people found fit for work by hated contractors Atos healthcare were finally vindicated this week.

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