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Atos, deaths and welfare cuts

 The Big Issue UK 17 March 2019

French company Atos was branded a “heartless monster” in Britain after controversial ‘employment tests’ the firm carried out for the UK government resulted in many ill and disabled people being deemed fit to work, despite strong medical evidence to the contrary. In thousands of cases, Atos judgements resulted in state benefits being cut or stopped completely and there were a number of suicides among those left in severe financial hardship, resulting in nationwide protests against the company. In light of the backlash, Atos is now backing out of its government contract. Adam Forrest of The Big Issue UK investigates whether Atos tests were an attempt to make people fit to work for financial gain, or as part of the UK government’s agenda to reduce benefit claims. (1465 Words) - By Adam Forrest

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A protester demonstrates against IT company Atos's involvement in tests for incapacity benefits outside the Department for Work and Pensions in London August 31, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall

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Protesters demonstrate against IT company Atos's involvement in tests for incapacity benefits outside the Department for Work and Pensions in London August 31, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall

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David Coupe died of a rare form of cancer in October last year. He had been stripped of his £50-a-week incapacity benefit and ruled fit to work in December 2012, despite being housebound with a painful back injury, ulcers and diabetes. Photo: © rossparry.co.uk/syndication


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