WITH the truth being revealed that Atos will rake in some £40m from cuts in benefits for disabled Scots, the real victims are the vulnerable people.
THE Con-Dems were determined that we would never find out about the staggering profits Atos will make bringing down the axe on disabled Scots’ benefits.
The Westminster Government went to great lengths to keep the details secret and even refused to tell other democratically elected politicians the amounts involved.
But we now know the horrifying truth. Atos’s pay-off for carrying out humiliating Department for Work and Pensions tests could eventually top £40million.
That is enough money to pay disability living allowance to almost 11,000 people desperately in need of help and support.
Instead, the French firm will rake in the obscene sum by compounding the misery of the very same vulnerable people.
They will be handed the money to find new ways to slash benefits from the terminally ill, wheelchair users or those with serious mental health problems.
David Cameron and George Osborne believe it’s a better use of taxpayers’ cash.
Over the last few weeks, the Record has been exposing the human tragedy behind the Coalition Government’s sustained dismantling of the welfare state.
We have told the heartbreaking stories of Scots brought to the brink by fit-for-work tests carried out by Atos in a cruel attempt to drive down the benefits bill.
The Tories want us to believe only cheats, scroungers and the work-shy have anything to fear from the tests. They assure us that those in real need of help will continue to get support and care.
Our reports have shown that is not the case. People with a need for extra help are bearing the brunt of the cuts.
Once again, the needy are paying the price for an ideological Tory crusade, while big business walks off with massive and unjustifiable profits.
The Scottish Daily Record