Atos’ Exit is a defeat for REAL disabled people

The last 7 days has seen the government’s welfare reforms hit crisis point with the ATOS Healthcare withdrawal from the WCA assessments and the immediate suspension of repeat assessments, leaving 1000s of fit people on benefit they do not need. Many groups are rejoicing at the announcement, wanting to take credit for this happening including … Continue reading Atos’ Exit is a defeat for REAL disabled people

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ATOS Bashing Is Just a Fad

Over the last few weeks I have noticed a number of supposed news articles which appear to call for public anger at the legitimate process of claiming disability benefits rather than any apparent failures of the system. These lead me to suspect that it is now a trend and even fashion to find anything to … Continue reading ATOS Bashing Is Just a Fad

Changing the Conversation on Disability

The politics of disability used to be about achieving equality and inclusion as contributing citizens but in 2010 the welfare reforms changed everything. The charities, supported by a whole host of new generation sick and disabled activists have ripped up the equality agenda and replaced it with a list of demands that see disabled people … Continue reading Changing the Conversation on Disability

Is a Proper Debate on Welfare Reform Possible?

For many disabled people working in the field as consultants and activists including myself, the welfare reforms have dominated the agenda since 2010 pushing so many other issues, like grassroot sport and quality of wheelchair services, to the sidelines. But the big question and frustration is in terms of disability, is it really possible to … Continue reading Is a Proper Debate on Welfare Reform Possible?

‘Atos Declares Coma Patients Fit’ and Other Disability Related Welfare Urban Myths

Since the start of the welfare reforms in 2010, I have noticed a number of urban myths being created which I would like to unpick for a moment. I say urban myths as the examples I will give are shortcut statements that appear to have no origin or have any meaningful evidence to support them. … Continue reading ‘Atos Declares Coma Patients Fit’ and Other Disability Related Welfare Urban Myths