Protest in Cardiff against links between the Cooperative Bank and AtoSS ~ ITV Wales

Some protesters remained in the bank, while others congregated outside Photo: Viewer’s picture/Jamie Insole


A protest has been held in Cardiff against links between the Cooperative Bank and the company that carries out Work Capability Tests for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Disabled people seeking to qualify for the Incapacity Benefit in the UK are currently assessed by the international company ATOS Healthcare.

The protesters claim the ‘fit-to-work’ assessments are “damaging and distressing” to those undergoing them.

Last month, ATOS told ITV Wales the Work Capability Assessments it carried out were ‘in line with the policy and guidelines laid down by the UK Government.’

The Co-operative is proud of its excellent record on championing the cause of disabled people – whether through the provision of employment opportunities, or via community projects and fund-raising.

As a health service provider, ATOS is used by a number of UK companies. We took them on in 2009 to provide us with recommendations on how we can best support people with disabilities or sickness in the workplace.

Atos provide us with occupational health reports, working within parameters set by us.

Our contract with Atos is not linked to their contract with the DWP and nor does it use the same assessment criteria.

We do not force our employees to undergo occupational health assessments with Atos and where appropriate we will contact other healthcare professionals.


The Department for Work and Pensions first awarded Atos the contract for assessments in 1998.

This was renewed for seven years in 2005 and extended for three years in 2010 through to 2015.

ITV Wales



  • jeffery davies October 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    atos couldnt tell the truth if it wanted to as only lies come from them its a goverment puppet who take the heat of them in power shame shame shame on you all jeff3

  • Chris Gare October 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Is anyone going to protest in co op stores?

  • Humanity2012 October 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    We Need Mass Protests Against Planned £10 Billion Pounds of Welfare Cuts

    It is the Billions Wasted upon the War in Afghanistan and the EU Mess that is
    the Waste of Money

  • jefflph October 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm


    • roger Allnot October 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Do you really think that? With one pathetic little line, you have dismissed an organisation that for over a century has supported the poor and oppressed, through co-operation and mutual support.
      Dear God, long live social media, so that the efforts of thousands over decades can be dismissed in such a way

  • jane October 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I e-mailed Co-op customer relations to make my concerns known – suggest others do so too.

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