Islington Council has moved a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Atos at a Council Executive meeting. The Council has condemned their ‘demeaning and demoralising’ tests to determine if disabled people are fit to work.
An Islington Council scrutiny investigation into Atos, the Government contractor running Work Capability Assessments for local residents on disability benefits, raised serious concerns about their performance.
Across London 45 per cent of all appeals against Atos ESA ‘fit for work’ decisions are successful. Within Islington, almost 90 per cent of the 108 ESA appeals made by local residents and assisted by the council were successful.
Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of the Council said: “Atos’ performance in Islington has been shocking. Our disabled residents deserve better so I’m calling on the Government to take urgent action.”
You can read more about this in the Islington Tribune.
Personally I am proud that Islington Labour is taking a stand against Atos. I hope other Councils across the country will do the same.