The BBC are reporting that US company Maximus has won a £500 million contract to take over from Atos administering the despised Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
Maximus, who already have a contract running Iain Duncan Smith’s failing Work Programme, will now carry out the computer based assessments used to strip benefits from sick and disabled people by declaring them ‘fit for work’.
Atos claimed they pulled out of the WCA after staff were threatened. But this was a fucking lie. What happened to Atos was much more toxic. Regular and repeated protests were held outside Atos offices all around the UK, including their glitzy London headquarters. They were hounded off social media, whilst their corporate identity was repeatedly hijacked despite a string of petty legal threats. Other parts of their business were affacted. The Co-operative bank were successfully lobbied to end their occupational health contract with Atos.
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