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  • Allan Williamson June 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    What needs to happen is the company carrying out the ‘assessments’, ATOS, to lose their contract as they are clearly incompetent and are costing the taxpayer(that would be everyone, working or not BTW) a fortune in not only administering the WCA, but in the high levels of appeals/tribunals due to incorrect ‘fit for work’ decisions. To say the WCA needs reform, not scrapping, is frankly clutching at straws!

    I have a suggestion – how about actually using claimants’ GP’s/Consultants/Carers/Support Workers, the very professionals who know the person’s respective conditions and how it affects them, instead of a ‘tick-box’ approach and financial incentive designed purely to play down, indeed deny, someone’s disability? Ignoring years of medical evidence in favour of a one hour meeting with a ‘Healthcare professional'(often not qualified or fit to asses disability)who uses a computer program is certainly not the way to go!

    Labour should collectively hang their heads in shame at what they’ve set in motion – This whole debacle is causing untold misery to the sick and disabled, leaving the most vulnerable citizens in constant fear of being made destitute. As long as Labour don’t listen to the concerns of the electorate, then I for one won’t be voting for them, you are no longer a credible Party, about as credible as the the current lot in power.

  • Anita Bellows June 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Hello Paul,
    Between “people with terminal illnesses, for example, or people who are entirely bed-bound” there are an awful lot of people who cannot work and do not fall within these 2 categories.
    I am afraid this answer show a complete lack of understanding of what disability means. Stephen Timms would have to do a lot better than that.
    Anita Bellows.

  • Humanity2012 June 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    No Capitalist Profiteering upon the Suffering of the Disabled and Down with
    Tabloid Bigotry and Idiocy

  • JJ June 19, 2012 at 2:19 am

    As the doctors said in the motion – the WCA must end with immediate effect to be replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to some of the weakest and most vulnerable in society”! PERIOD.

    • Humanity2012 June 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

      The Failure of the Opposition to be an Opposition to the Con Dem Dictatorship Apart
      from being a Neglect of their Role of their Opposition shows the Politics of Consensus
      of No Choice and that there Must Be Enough Public Pressure for the Welfare Benefits
      Policies to be Substantially Improved from the Present Diabolical Violation of
      Human Rights

      We Need the Con Dems Out We Need Welfare Benefits Protected and Increased

      The Answer is Political and Economic Revolution to Improve this Totalitarian
      Terrible and Tawdry State of Affairs

      Scrap the Work Capability Assessment ” Work Related Activity Groups ” ETC

  • jeffrey lph June 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    can people ask mr timms why army bosses are to ill to get another job after 55 and disabled people are asked to work ill to 68.are they required to take an atos medical every 2 years to get this very early pension then the state pension at 65 .. tnx jeff

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