Sandra Osborne said: "Clearly the Coalition Government has introduced Employment Support Allowance with a view to removing as many people as possible from disability benefits regardless of their needs and abilities."
http://www.cumnockchronicle.com/news/roundup/articles/2012/08/21/434086-mps-raise-concerns-with-benefit- testers/ MPs raise concerns with benefit testers Published 21 Aug 2012 11:30 AYRSHIRE MPs have put a company who deal with fitness to work claims on the spot after concerns were raised by constituents. Atos, who were given a contract to conduct the tests by the Department for Work and Pensions, has been criticised by local people who claim the company is working to targets and denying them essential benefits. Labour trio Sandra Osborne, Cathy Jamieson and Brian Donohoe met with representatives from the company last week to put these claims to them, Atos said that more people disabled people are being turned down for claims due to tougher rules laid down by the DWP. A large numbers of people found ineligible for benefit are appealing against the decision to find them fit for work; about 41 per cent of those refused support go to tribunal and 30 per cent are subsequently granted the benefit at a cost of around £60m a year. Sandra Osborne said: "Clearly the Coalition Government has introduced Employment Support Allowance with a view to removing as many people as possible from disability benefits regardless of their needs and abilities." Cathy Jamieson said: "I have had a number of constituents contact me about their experiences of the Work Capability Assessment carried out by ATOS. "Many have been concerned that the process does not take enough account of long term conditions, such as MS and Parkinsons, or that the impact of completely or partially losing a limb is not fully recognised. "There still seems to be a real disconnection between the policy and what people say they experience in reality."
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