Disabled group to hold rally

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THE Portsmouth branch of the Disabled People Against Cuts group will rally in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, this Tuesday.

The group is protesting against ATOS, which carries out disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from midday.

It is calling on the recent Welfare Reform Acts to be scrapped and the DWP’s contracts with ATOS to end.

12-2 pm Tuesday 16 October

ATOS Assessment Centre

Wingfield House, Portsmouth

ATOS, the company contracted to reduce the numbers of people on disability benefits, has repeatedly shown that they have no understanding of disabilities and no interest in what impact their decisions really have on people’s lives. ATOS has caused stress, strain and death among the most vulnerable people in our society and show no sign of stopping.

The death of Colin Traynor after ATOS assessed him wrongly as fit to work was yet another tragic show of what ATOS and the current government really care about and it is not human life.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) Portsmouth has called a rally against ATOS.

‘We call for the Work Capability Assessments and recent Welfare Reform Acts to be scrapped, the DWP’s contracts with ATOS to end immediately, and the introduction of a more humane and compassionate welfare system. We will not sit back and accept the attacks, we will fight back. Help us to prevent more death and destruction of disabled people lives. Join us and Rally against ATOS!’

said Sarah Walsh of DPAC Portsmouth.