Oct
05

£40m profit for Atos ‘a slap in the face of the disabled’, say MPs


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LABOUR MPs reacted with fury yesterday after the Record revealed the huge profit set to be raked in by benefits axemen Atos.

Secret figures show the controversial firm could make £40million from their humiliating assessments of whether disabled people should still receive benefits.

The Department for Work and Pensions will pay the massive sum to the French company despite widespread concern over their handling of the similar work capability assessments.

Glasgow Central MP Anas Sarwar, the deputy leader of Scottish Labour, said: “It is right that we scrutinise and campaign against what Atos are doing.

“But we should remember it’s the UK Government- controlled Department for Work and Pensions who made this decision.

“Some of the most vulnerable people in our communities are being targeted by these assessments while big business reaps huge profits.”

Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Tom Greatrex, who has campaigned against Atos, said: “This is a further slap in the face to thousands of sick and disabled people.

“Far from making Atos compensate the taxpayer for the millions it is costing to clear the mess Atos leave behind, it appears the Government are happy to send more windfall profits their way.”

Over recent weeks, the Record has told the harrowing stories of Scots who felt bullied and harassed after work capability assessments.

Atos’s new contract will mean people across the UK will be tested to see if they should still receive benefits when the Con-Dems replace the disability living allowance with “personal independence payments”.

Source Daily Record



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