Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
I have just read over 200-pages of your: Can the Work Programme work for all user groups? First Report of Session 2013-14 and it begs some questions:
You state in this document and I quote:
"We recommend that DWP work with providers to agree a process by which participants whom providers believe are clearly unfit for work can be referred back to Jobcentre Plus".
So my questions are thus:
Q1. When a person fails the ATOS assessment and is found “fit for work” what happens if he doesn’t fit the criteria for JSA? What is his/her recourse, when he’s failed the claim for ESA and can’t sign on? What benefits can he claim?
Q2 if a failed ESA claimant – through sheer destitution – signs on JSA and the work programme find him/her clearly unfit for work do you:
(i) Sanction the claimant because he’s deemed too ill?
(ii) Deny the claimant any benefits at all?
(iii) Allow him/her the ESA s/he was initially denied?
(iv) Let the claimant claim sickness pay
Q3. ATOS assessors claim they have nothing to do with the decision making and yet Atos Trainer 1 (on Channel 4’s dispatches aired Monday 30 July 2012 at 20:00) said: “You shall remember this new benefit Employment Support Allowance was meant to take people off the benefit.” Please can you tell me how much involvement ATOS has in the decision making? And why do the decision makers always believe ATOS, even if you the claimant can prove that ATOS lied or were inaccurate?
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