Atos ‘wrongly assessed’ thousands of sick and disabled people as fit for work

Enough to change the current system.

Benefit tales

The French firm judged 158,300 benefit claimants were capable of holding down a job – only for the Department of Work and Pensions to reverse the decision.

Tens of thousands of sick and disabled people were wrongly assessed as fit for work by the private company Atos. The French firm judged 158,300 benefit claimants were capable of holding down a job – only for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to reverse the decision.

The figures from a Freedom of Information request come amid reports the department is set to end the £500million contract with the firm.  According to the request, work capability assessments carried out by Atos between August 2010 and June 2013 said 158,300 people with disabilities or a serious illness as fit for work.

In all these cases the DWP went on to decide they should be classed in the work-related activity group or the support…

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