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Rally voices benefit claim delays anger

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

Protest against Atos Healthcare in Spa Road

Protest against Atos Healthcare in Spa Road

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ANGRY protesters gathered together to vent their anger about the change in disability allowances.

In the coming months, disabled people on the current Disability Living Allowance will have to make a new claim called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

They will be assessed by Atos Healthcare and Capita but some people are waiting up to six months for the claim.

Campaigners against the changes claim many people have died before their claims had been assessed.

Atos say they are taking immediate action to resolve the problem and reduce the time it takes to make claim decisions.

The protest took place in Spa Road yesterday.

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  • meymey  |  February 21 2014, 11:18PM

    im sure there will be a next time but may be a different issue, if you want to join us you know where we are ,as you have the link in your post .

  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 21 2014, 11:42AM

    Good to know about for next time, if there needs to be next time... https://http://tinyurl.com/p3pf3cp I would have at least come down to take a few pics. The more footage of the event the better. I might have felt a bit uncomfortable in the circumstance, though, as it might have seemed like I was documenting the low numbers in particular, rather than the event itself. Use of the internet is crucial, to show the depth of feeling in a way that disabled people can't through demonstrations...

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  • TruthSeeker7  |  February 20 2014, 8:14PM

    GlosObserver, you obviously have no understanding of what the mask represents. Perhaps a more appropriate name for an ignorant and unsuitably named person such as yourself would be 'SheepleBaa' Those who understand the term and connection would also understand the mask... Why do you assume that those with faces covered are claiming benefits? Many people across the uk who attended the protest did so in support of those who have already died and those too unwell to attend. Those with health conditions, many of which are terminal or progressive attended the events despite the increase in pain and reduction in mobility it would cause because of how strongly they feel about this issue. With pathetically poor reporting such as this article and people without the sense to do their homework and check on facts before adding comments, ones like yours is the result. Sadly, some people are all about them, believe the bull **** politicians spew out and the media propaganda and remain blind to the truth of what is happening. One day, you or one of your immediate family or close friends could be diagnosed with terminal cancer and be having chemo and facing surgery. They could have a serious accident at work or in their car, look fine but have brain damage or be in 100% pain constantly with blackouts and fits. it can happen to anyone, then partners have to give up work to become their full time carer.

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  • meymey  |  February 20 2014, 7:44PM

    @snappy happer, even tho this was a nationwide demo, gloster was done by people that are not in the best of health, and it was left to those that chose to do flyers and posters at their own expense, iwasnt for the lack of inviting MPs and Councillors, or for sending press releases to certain publications in the glos chelt and stroud areas none of which saw fit to even mention that there would be a demo, just take a look at the lack of content in this article , the citizen photographer came down to cedar house early on took pics and left, only 2 councillor saw fit to attend they were Sarah Lunnon, Green Councillor for Stroud and Brian Oosthuysen for labour, also covers part of the stroud area, if you want to join us your more than welcome , facebook atos national demo @ gloucester

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  • daisy_daff  |  February 20 2014, 6:36PM

    oh and GlosObserver you couldn't make yourself look more stupid and ignorant if you tried.

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  • daisy_daff  |  February 20 2014, 6:19PM

    What an appalling article, but then this is a right wing paper isn't it, so can't expect them to report accurately about the scandal of the assessment process and Atos. Disgusting reporting, but about the standard I expect from this rag when benefits are being discussed and probably not the reaction they were looking for judging by the comments. Well done to those who protested around the country.

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  • meymey  |  February 20 2014, 11:30AM

    Glosobserver i was there i didnt at any point wear a mask , yes i am claiming my pittance from the government with a major fight , yes i was assessed, yes i was passed has fit by ATOS, yes i appealed, yes i won the the appeal, and guess what now 2 years down the line i am about to start it all again, i didnt ask to be injured working for an employer who insisted the job i said was dangerous was safe and had been passed by the safety officers , well here i am almost a decade later fighting for my rights, of which i paid national insurance, if your going to call yourself OBSERVANT, please be observant and engage brain before opening gob. btw way masks are not to conceal identity there an identifier of like minded people the world over, utube anonymous and Illuminati and get your self informed it was also amazing the amount of jobcentre staff that came out and agreed with our action, that in itself says a lot about the present system,

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 20 2014, 11:29AM

    My comment came in three paragraphs, incidentally. The first bit, the 'Something to bear in mind' sentence, and then the last part. Why does TiG insist on making us look like we can't write in anything but blocks of text?

  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 20 2014, 11:05AM

    I didn't attend the demo at Cedar House yesterday. Part of the reason was that my wife, who I care for, wasn't up to it, certainly, but also that information about the event was scant. Just a slip on a windscreen saying that the demo would run 'from 8.00am onwards'. It would have been a good idea to advertise an optimum time for attendance, when a speech would be made (sure, speeches aren't everyone's cup of tea, and prone to political opportunists, but they can articulate an issue, and even bad speeches are lessons for the future). Something to bear in mind for next time, if there has to be a next time. Very illuminating 'need to know', by the way. And don't forget how many people judged 'fit to work' have had their assessments revised on appeal.

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  • motherz  |  February 20 2014, 10:05AM

    glosobserver.. for your info i was one of the masked people I do not claim any benefits and neither do the other two masked figures, we were there to support people who are sick and disabled and were not well enough to be there . Not everyone in gloucester are selfish and look down there noses at ill people, no we support and will help all we can. some people make me sick and jump , so there you go, you are not that observant are you. Keep your spiteful comments to yourself and hope that you never find yourself in this position, after all you never know what is around the corner, just hope your health never fails you.

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