Reposted from Union News
The government yesterday confirmed the controversial firm will end its contract for assessing disabled people early. PCS says the work capability assessment is fundamentally flawed and designed not to support people into employment, but to cut their benefit entitlement.
The union shares the view of the British Medical Association, disabled people’s organisations and more than 120 MPs that the assessments should be scrapped.
The Department for Work and Pensions should bring the work in-house and invest to ensure proper support is provided to help disabled people to return to work if they can. The government should also guarantee all existing jobs under any transfer.
On Wednesday the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland blamed the work assessment after a woman took her own life when her benefits were cut following a test by Atos.
In December the appeal court upheld a ruling that the tests discriminate against claimants with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These privatised work assessments are fundamentally flawed and designed to harass vulnerable people and take their benefits away, rather than provide support and guidance.
“Doctors, MPs and disabled people all believe the tests should be scrapped so, instead of replacing the failed Atos with another profit-hungry provider, the government should bring the work in-house and invest in it properly.”