Jul 072013

You are welcome to apply for both posts or one.

Post One

Purpose of job: to assist a dyslexic person to transform her Masters dissertation research into a publishable paper.

My dissertation was entitled “Everywhere and Nowhere: The Construction of Whiteness White Disabled People’s Lives” It was done as part of my Masters in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity at Birkbeck, University of London.

£10 per hour.

Fixed funding has been secured to work with me at my home in Islington. Hours can be flexible, minimum seven hours a week until project is finished. Publication scheduled to be completed by November 2014, so hours may vary in accordance with projected deadlines.

Tasks include:

·         supporting me to structure and plan an article

·         typing from dictation

·         reading out loud

·         proofreading

Person specification:

Ability to support one person and work closely with them in a collaborative way ensuring that they have autonomy

·         confidence with entering into an academic process

·         ability to navigate electronic resources and libraries

·         fast and accurate typing

·         confidence and ability to read out loud

·         excellent attention to detail

·         excellent written English

·         ability to deal with stressful situations

Post Two

Purpose of job: To assist dyslexic person in all aspects of her role as an appeals worker at Enfield Disability Action. I am entering into a new contract, and therefore a new role.

£13 per hour.

12 hours per week for the first three months subject to review. Supported is funded by Access to Work and is subject to review by them after 3 months, and may go slightly up or down. Likely to be around 10-12 hours per week.  

You are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check) in order to take up this post.

Tasks will include:

·         assisting with putting together training on welfare rights, housing and community care law

·         assisting with writing tribunal submissions

·         assisting with setting up and maintaining administrative systems for project management and monitoring 

·         assisting with all aspects of administration pertaining to this role.

Person Specification:

·         ability to work closely with one person under pressure as part of the team

·         confidence in reading out loud

·         excellent written English

·         fast and accurate typing

·         excellent attention to detail

·         ability to assist in organising a heavy workload

·         ability to deal with stressful situations

·         understanding of office systems or ability to gain it

·         good knowledge of Excel is desirable

CLOSING DATE (for both posts):      Saturday 13 July, 5pm.

It is preferable that you are able to be self-employed for both posts.  If you’re interested in either or both posts, please e-mail me explaining why you are interested in doing the work and why you think you meet the person specification. Also please state clearly which post(s) you would like to apply for. Please ensure you include your email and ‘phone number.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 17 or Thursday 18 July. Jobs will start the week of 29 July if possible, subject to availability and DBS check.

To apply or if you have any questions please contact:



May 202012

Let’s go on a journey back in time to the year 1948 …

 Britain was emerging from a World War and had a huge national debt. Much bigger than the one we face today. Did we see painful cut backs and austerity measures?

No, quite the opposite. We saw the birth of our National Health Service and the Welfare State. The UK was the first country to make health care, social care and financial security accessible to all.

1948 saw the launch of ground-breaking new laws designed to protect and care for everybody in our society, including universal unemployment benefits,, universal child benefits, disability benefits, rights to housing and the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1948: a year when the Olympics were last in town; and the people of Britain were, at last, looking forward to the future.

Britain back then really was “all in it together”. The future looked better than the past. So, we partied in the streets and dreamt of what we could achieve as peo-ple and as a country.

 Fast forward to 2012 and things feel rather different. The government is not playing fair: its spending cuts are the deepest for decades and it’s cheating ordinary people by forcing them to suffer for an economic crisis they didn’t cause.

The government is also lying: it actively enables big business to dodge tax and slashes tax rates for the wealthy. Right now, for us, for ordinary people in this country, the future’s not what it used to be.

So now is the time to party like it was 1948. Street parties are going to be all the rage for the Queen’s Jubilee. But let’s make ours have a twist.

 On Saturday 26th May join UK Uncut’s Great British Street Party to demand that we keep our public services, our rights and our welfare system and to celebrate a new future that isn’t dictated to us by a handful of millionaires but decided by us all – together.

Join Notts Uncut at 12 noon on Listergate outside Topshop. For more info find us on Facebook – Notts-Uncut Part-of UK-Uncut, Twitter @nottsuncut or look for event info on Nottingham Indymedia.

For all actions See http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions

For London See: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/05/ukuncut-great-london-street-party-may-26th/



May 302011

Details also at http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/

Placard with words 'Atos does not give a toss'

Placard with words 'Atos does not give a toss'

Quick calendar:

Glasgow 6th June between 6pm and 8pm.

Atos Medical Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogon Street, Glasgow

Plymouth Tuesday 7th June at 12.00 Midday
Atos Medical Centre, Marsh Mills, Argosy House

London Triton Sq Tuesday, June 14 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Atos Origin, 4 Triton Square, London, NW1 3HG

Islington: Thursday, September 29 · 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH


Disabled people, benefits claimants and supporters are to target recruitment events hosted by IT company Atos Origin.  Pickets outside two events have been called so far where protesters have vowed to make sure potential Atos ‘Healthcare’ workers will know exactly how their future employers operate.

All claimants on health related benefits are set to be retested by Atos, using a computerised system which has seen thousands wrongly stripped of benefits and been described as ‘unfit for purpose’.

Atos rely on Doctors, nurses and midwives to carry out the tests – as one nurse, and former employee of Atos has said:   “It’s against my principles to treat people with long term illnesses in such a disgusting way, so I had to give it up.

“People go into those interviews and talk openly to you because you are a nurse and they trust you.

“Then your skills are used against them, to take away their benefits and destroy their lives.”

Glasgow: The first protest will be held at the Atos Medical Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogon Street, Glasgow on Monday 6th June between 6pm and 8pm.

Plymouth: Private contractors Atos Healthcare ( sic ) are still carrying out benefit medicals at Argosy House, Marsh Mills , Plymouth. The DWP then use Atos’ reports to stop people’s benefits. The medicals and reports are flawed . The majority of those whose benefit is stopped and who go to appeal tribunal  win and get the benefit back. ( in Oxford where they have a proper Welfare Rights service..92% win their appeal against DWP/ Atos)
Sadly many people cannot face the hassle of all this and give up and can be left destitute or worse. See Citizen’s Advice report ‘Not Working………’..March 2010 with evidence from before the new tougher test , it is even worse now.
On 11th May Plymouth Claimants Union organised a picket at Argosy House as part of the national day of action against benefrit cuts and  to expose Atos’ part in this.  A dozen or so people with disabilities , carers , trade unionists  and other anti-cuts  activists let the Atos quacks know we are out to expose them for what they are …parasites on poverty.
Keep the pressure on Atos – put people before profit.
Next picket at Argosy House  Tuesday 7th June at 12.00 Midday
Further details and transport to Argosy House , contact plymouthclaimantsunion@yahoo.co.uk
Sam Bennett
Plymouth Claimants Union

0795 203 7290

London Triton Sq: Benefit claimants, disabled people and supporters will be attending Atos Healthcare’s Recruitment Day on June 14th at 5pm and have called on people to join them.

Bring bandages, fake blood, banners, placards, CVs, the noise.

Tuesday, June 14 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm


Atos Origin, 4 Triton Square, London, NW1 3HG

In the spirit of actively seeking work we will be demanding that if we are all ‘fit for work’ then Atos, notorious for a lack of disabled access in their premises, should consider us for employment directly.

Islington London: Protesters will also gather outside the BMJ Recruitment Fair on September 29th where Atos plan to exhibit: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/protest-atos-origin-outside-the-bmj-recruitment-fair-29th-september/


Poverty Pimps Atos Origin, the sharks responsible for the harrassment of sick and disabled claimants, are set to recruit hundreds of medical staff to carry out there notorious assessments on everyone receiving Incapacity Benefit.

As part of this Atos will be having a stall at the annual BMJ Recruitment Fair in Islington Design Centre on 29th/30th September.

A protest has been called outside on the 29th where we will be not just demonstrating but handing out information to potential recruits on the devastation these tests have caused to the health of already vulnerable people.

“Please come and see us at stand 54 of the BMJ Careers Fair” say Atos on their website. Ok then we will.


Atos will also be exhibiting at the RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair at the same venue on 13/14th September and the CSP Congress in Liverpool on October in Liverpool on 7/8th October. We might go and see them there too.

The BMJ Recruitment Fairs Website is at: http://careersfair.bmj.com/en/1/home.html

No doubt a whole host of private companies itching to get their hands on the NHS will be recruiting there as well. We might have a chat with a few of them as well.

Atos are carrying out more recruitment events around the country.  You can find details at: http://www.atoshealthcarejobs.co.uk/events.html

Apr 092011

Thursday 14th April is the next day of action against welfare cuts. In Islington there will be a protest at 8.30am to 9.30am outside the Atos Healthcare assessment centre at 1 Elthorne Road, just off Holloway Road, 2 minutes walk south from Archway tube.

This private company gets paid millions to carry out dubious medical assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which is replacing Incapacity Benefit.

Later on the same day there will be a protest outside The Daily Mail at 2pm on their defamation of benefits claimants; their head office is on Young Street, off Kensington High St. And at 5pm to 9pm there will be a food giveaway outside Westminster City Hall to protest the banning of soup runs – see http://www.dpac.uk.net/2011/04/day-of-action-14th-april-3rd-national-day-of-protest-against-cuts/

All benefit claimants and supporters are welcome. Bring music, drums, whistles, placards and maybe even some breakfast to share!

Please help spread the word, invite your friends and join us!

Stop the attacks on benefit claimants! Stop the cuts!

More info:

This is part of a National Day of Protest Against Benefits Cuts, with groups up and down the country demonstrating against savage cuts to disability, housing, sickness and welfare benefits: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2011/03/3rd-national-day-of-protest-against-benefit-cutsapril-14th/

See also
non-facebook details of troll a tory and the two London events are both on there




Atos Healthcare has been awarded a £300 million contract by the government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’.

It’s claimed that assessments are to test what people can do rather than what they can’t. The real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible.

This testing system has already led to people with terminal illnesses and severe medical conditions being declared fit for work and having benefits cut. GPs are ignored in favour of decisions made by Atos’s computer.

Plans announced for the scrapping of Disability Living Allowance mean this intrusive testing is likely to be extended to everyone on some form of disability or health related benefit.