On Wednesday 29th August, as part of the Atos Games, Disabled People Against Cuts will deliver a coffin full of your messages to the Atos headquarters in central London.
Why? Because over 1,000 people have died after being found ‘fit for work’ by Atos. The coffin will be delivered as a memorial to them. A minute’s silence will also be held on the day.
Atos is a private company that’s being paid £300 million by the government to put 11,000 sick and disabled people a week through an inhumane testing programme, then decide whether they should have their benefits taken away.
We know the loss of disability benefits has a devastating effect on disabled people’s ability to live independently. We also know how de-humanising and degrading the process can be, and the stress and trauma it causes.
Atos has just been awarded contracts worth a further £400 million to carry out new eligibility assessments on people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance with a government target of reducing numbers claiming the benefit by 20%. This threatens the lives of many thousands more disabled people.
So here is your opportunity to tell those responsible for this outrage, in your own words, exactly what your experiences and feelings are.
We are asking you to send a short message to Atos, and we will fill our coffin with them. During the delivery of the coffin, a selection of messages will be read publicly.
Please make sure your messages:
•Include a name, initials or fake name, and a town or county.
•Do not include any information that you do not want to be made public.
•Express exactly how you feel.
You can send your messages by:
Please make sure you send your message by 6pm on Sunday 26th August.