Atos, the French firm which runs the government’s Work Capability Assessments for Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance claimants, is seeking an early exit from the contract. They claim threats to its staff have been made, online and in person.
We don’t believe for a moment that these heartless bastards care a jot about their staff. More likely is that the campaign against Atos has damaged the company’s reputation so badly that it is desperately seeking a pretext to cut and run.
The company, which profits from cutting already meagre benefits from vulnerable people, earns blood money for its humiliating and flawed assessments. It has created a climate of anxiety and fear, ruining and, in some tragic cases, ending lives.
It is a measure of Atos that its public relations strategy cynically portrays disabled people as the aggressors, and themselves as the victims.