HomeBlogArchbishop Tartaglia joins chorus of protests against Atos assessments which ‘trample on human dignity’
  • Dominique Gelin June 7, 2013 at 10:07 am


  • tina connor June 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

    This government ‘s ears are closed to reason and thee concept of fairness.

  • Prola Tariat June 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I dont think it will make the slightest difference who speeks out against this criminal regime,because it is government policy to rob as much as they can from the poorest in society in order to boost the profits of the poverty pimps.

  • Toddy June 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Gerald.

    I would urge all persons waiting to go to an appeal to request all recorded information that the DWP hold on them.

    There were reports that clearly showed the extent of my injuries, doctors and hospital reports, past score sheets where i had been awarded in excess of fifteen points.

    One of the best sources of my worsening conditions were to be found in questionnaires that the DWP sent me on a regular basis. They started with the words, “its been a long time since we last heard from you” and went on to request pages of information that i supplied about my condition.

    All these reports would be a godsend to anyone putting a case together to challenge their decision at tribunal.

    Why wasn’t all this information collated and laid before the examiner?

    We all know the answer Gerald, to deprive us of our disability benefits…………..

  • Emma June 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thank goodness so relieved that the churches r finally speaking out about the pain, degradation and misery that ATOS is causing us all.
    I just hope that the people who have the power to stop ATOS from killing and hounding the sick the vulnerable the disabled and the weak.
    I hope they continue to joins the government like we are being hounded by them!!

  • Nyall T. Rolls June 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    The whole process is laughable. This time last year, i was going through the appeal process under the beleif that after the tribunal, which incidently the dwp didn’t turn up to! that would be it. I was told at the tribunal that i’d won my appeal with medical evidence, my doctor had submitted, on my behalf SIX months earlier. Paid back the money they’d withheld. Less than three months later, atos writes to me and the whole process started again! Now i’m in the same boat again! So if anybody else reading thir. that is currently going through the appeals process and is eventually told by the tribunal judge and doctor, that this shouldn’t have come to court in the first place. And this Is an end to it. Think again!

  • Linda June 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

    IDS should be excommunicated by the Catholic church.

    • disabled-dave June 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

      But would excommunication bother IDS? I cannot imagine that any genuine Christian would behave towards his fellow men the way IDS behaves towards the sick and disabled. I have read the Bible from cover to cover and it DOES NOT contain a commandment “Thou shalt do everything in thy power to make the lives of the sick and disabled even more miserable than they are already.”

    • Dee June 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Here here!

  • karin June 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    This letter of course is very welcome. However I am frustrated by the lack of a coordinated campaign from the Church and others eg. medical staff. Bits of condemnation won’t worry IDS because my understanding is that he is on an ideological (and personal) crusade that is not in touch with reality in any way.

    I am one of the ones who has suffered terribly at the hands of ATOS. I am also one of those who (after more than a year of having NO BENEFIT whatsoever)has had their appeal upheld. I have harrassed the DWP and my Tory-boy MP until I’ve been blue in the face. Now they have had to eat their lying words.

    What is needed is a concerted hard-hitting campaign NOW.

  • Dee June 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Atos caused me to loose my job because it concluded I’ld need more time off sick due to my illnesses. And when I applied for e.s.a they concluded I had nothing wrong with me. These people are money grabbing bastards. They should be in jail for fraud- I don’t think I have ever hated an organisation so much.

  • siobhan June 11, 2013 at 1:55 am

    The despicable practices carried out by atos make me think the govt. are trying to get rid of as many disabled claiments as possible by their own hand namely suicide. Bringing vulnerable people to their knees and death by suicide, therefore exonerating the powers that be namely atos and govt as a whole. Disabled claiments are not the source of financial ruin to the country, criminals cost the economy billions annualy and what are govt. doing to recoup the cost of Police, ambulance, hospitals, probation, lawyers,prisons, release payments etc –absolutely nothing because the weak and disabled as soft targets. I am disgusted at the way disabled people are being treated and moreover at atos medical people are asked to spell the word ‘world’ and subtract 7 from 21. A five year old could do that and it has no bearing whatsoever on a persons psycological illness being able to spell and subtract.

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