Campaign in Bradford joins a day of protests

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: HEAR: Protesters outside the ATOS centre in Bradford protest against the work of the organisation HEAR: Protesters outside the ATOS centre in Bradford protest against the work of the organisation

Campaign groups in Bradford today joined in a nationwide day of protest against the company used to carry out controversial government disability assessments.

Protesters gathered outside Atos Healthcare in Bank Street, a centre used to conduct fit to work tests on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions for people across the Bradford district. The demonstration was attended by individuals directly affected by Atos assessments, alongside members of organisations such as Bradford & Airedale Mental Health Advocacy Group and Bradford College Student Union.

Bruce Barnes, of The Bradford People’s Coalition Against the Cuts, said: “Atos medical reports are done far too quickly by people without any detailed knowledge of the disability of the person they are assessing.”

Paul Anderson, of Bradford Disabled People’s Forum, said: “It is very unfair the way these processes are carried out, people are wrongly assessed as fit to work when they are not. Atos has no knowledge of these people’s issues, yet make a judgement anyway.”

The DWP has defended the tests, and an Atos spokesman said while the company respected people’s right to protest, lobbying against it would have no impact on welfare policy.

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6:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

OLDLAD says...

The Labour Party introduced it when in power, the Conservatives continued the motion when elected and people still vote for these two parties so who really is to blame? You get what you vote for, so instead of voting for a particular party, because you always have, look before you vote and maybe just maybe things may change.
The Labour Party introduced it when in power, the Conservatives continued the motion when elected and people still vote for these two parties so who really is to blame? You get what you vote for, so instead of voting for a particular party, because you always have, look before you vote and maybe just maybe things may change. OLDLAD

8:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Who should decide? someone who is easily conned.
I recently encountered an individual in a Bradford car park, I asked if he could help me with change, he said " I don't need it mate, I've got one of these, BLUE BADGE, I said I would rather have my health, he said "oh! nothing wrong with me look", and went on to dance a jig I think he understood my disgust and walked away. Now tell me is he the only one about, and if he can get a blue badge what else is he getting? The ones who are genuine do not need to worry about the system getting tougher. The fraudsters are conning us all.
Who should decide? someone who is easily conned. I recently encountered an individual in a Bradford car park, I asked if he could help me with change, he said " I don't need it mate, I've got one of these, BLUE BADGE, I said I would rather have my health, he said "oh! nothing wrong with me look", and went on to dance a jig I think he understood my disgust and walked away. Now tell me is he the only one about, and if he can get a blue badge what else is he getting? The ones who are genuine do not need to worry about the system getting tougher. The fraudsters are conning us all. alive and awake

9:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

do these protesters not have jobs?
oh of course not.
do these protesters not have jobs? oh of course not. tinytoonster

9:51pm Wed 19 Feb 14

spottedsnake says...

To comment on what "alive and awake" said.... I also have a blue badge, I am NOT a fraudster I can sometimes walk a few steps with crutches but usually need to use a whelchair, when I can cope with the constant pain. I need my blue badge. Unfortunately I have to live on benefits as I am absolutely unable to work at all but people making comments like this make it harder for genuinely ill people who are not fraudsters.
To comment on what "alive and awake" said.... I also have a blue badge, I am NOT a fraudster I can sometimes walk a few steps with crutches but usually need to use a whelchair, when I can cope with the constant pain. I need my blue badge. Unfortunately I have to live on benefits as I am absolutely unable to work at all but people making comments like this make it harder for genuinely ill people who are not fraudsters. spottedsnake

10:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

spottedsnake wrote:
To comment on what "alive and awake" said.... I also have a blue badge, I am NOT a fraudster I can sometimes walk a few steps with crutches but usually need to use a whelchair, when I can cope with the constant pain. I need my blue badge. Unfortunately I have to live on benefits as I am absolutely unable to work at all but people making comments like this make it harder for genuinely ill people who are not fraudsters.
Read through again what alive and awake typed. If your condition is as severe as you say (I'm sure it is) then he does not begrudge you a penny of your genuine entitlement, only the ones playing on it.
[quote][p][bold]spottedsnake[/bold] wrote: To comment on what "alive and awake" said.... I also have a blue badge, I am NOT a fraudster I can sometimes walk a few steps with crutches but usually need to use a whelchair, when I can cope with the constant pain. I need my blue badge. Unfortunately I have to live on benefits as I am absolutely unable to work at all but people making comments like this make it harder for genuinely ill people who are not fraudsters.[/p][/quote]Read through again what alive and awake typed. If your condition is as severe as you say (I'm sure it is) then he does not begrudge you a penny of your genuine entitlement, only the ones playing on it. Freddy Elliot

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