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14 Jun

NB It is with great sadness that we announce we here at KTA can no longer endorse the hunger striker George Rolph as an individual, for reasons many of you may be familiar with.  For this reason, we have taken down the previous post; however, we have retained the list of Atos, Government and DWP addresses for purposes of protest/civil disobedience/costing Atos money.  Similarly, we have retained the Fightback information on how to answer questions during the WCA, which can be found further down the post.

Reposted from Atos Miracles.

Do NOT waste your time and effort sending Argos catalogue’s and such vacuous and meaningless object to ATOS.  ATOS will simply hire a huge skip and fill it OR find a way to even make money from recycling the paper.

To STOP ATOS we need to write asking questions. Whether you require an answer to your question is immaterial BUT it is the time and cost of ATOS staff that is key here in the processing of en masse mailings to them. Whether it be by email, letter or telephone.

Did you know it costs ATOS £35 to process one letter?

When ATOS reply to your letter, please write back stating ”I don’t understand your answers, please can you clarify.” That’s another £21,840.00.


And so on and so on. And pass the message to your facebook friends, to twitter, to family and friends. You only need ask one question in your letter/email/phone call. ONE question takes five minutes of your time, if that.

You will find below a comprehensive list of emails, both to ATOS, the DWP plus various other corporations that, if you are sending off an email to ATOS, you can simply copy/paste any number (or ALL) of these into your email CC box.


Wyman Dillon Research
BS35 3YA

ATOS TEL NO: 0800 2888 777
ATOS FAX NO: 0115 975 8386

ATOS Origin UK Chief Executive: Ursula Morgenstern
TEL NO: 0207 7830 4444

DWP LANDLINE NUMBERS: 0191 554 6654 & 01367 730222
(Much cheaper than their 0845 numbers)

M3 3AW
TEL : 0161-923-6200
FAX : 0161-923-6201






Now, here’s the WCA advice.  You can find this and much more on the excellent Facebook page Fightback:  I know it is frightening, believe me – the example of watching Eastenders and this being taken as evidence of being able to follow complex plots in particular is like something out of Orwell or Kafka – and I know it’s screamingly unjust.  Disabled, sick and mentally ill people have good days and bad days but according to the WCA you’re not allowed any good days, if you have any kind of life beyond vegetating alone in bed every day and talking to no one you are fit for work (and yet being in such a state that you are vegetating alone in bed every day is no excuse for not attending your assessment, remember!)  It is a travesty that has killed thousands of people and it makes me sick, but this is the stuff we need to know.  As it says in the document, they will also infer all sorts of things about your mental and physical fitness if you go alone, so if you have no one you can take with you I also highly recommend the Facebook group Disability and Benefits Support: Don’t Go Alone which will try and match people in need up with someone who can accompany them.  The founder’s blog is also very useful:

Here’s the Fightback stuff:

Tips on trick questions you will be asked at the ATOS medical or Tribunal

by Fightback (Notes) on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 12:11

Forewarned is forearmed … some tips on questions you will be asked at the ATOS medical or tribunal – the reason behind each question is to establish what you can do, basically the examiner or doctor in the tribunal will make assumptions based on your answers, these are often wrong assumptions, but knowing what you are being asked before hand may help you pass the medical first time, and as the appeal rate is going to be delayed for new claimants shortly it’s best to get it right first time. What I am saying is that you answer truthfully but you ensure you give the WHOLE picture,this example is from a conversation with a client just this week and is the truth, Medical Examiner: “Q your hair looks nice, do you visit the hairdressers regularly? Ans, yes but I have to go home with it wet or with dye still on most times and cannot sit in the chair long enough. Q You said in your questionnaire you like to go to the woods is this correct? A Yes the woods are 50 yards from my house, I struggle to get there but force myself every week to get there, otherwise I would be so depressed staying in the house because of my condition, I sit just at the entrance and rest listening to the birds for a short while then return, the rest of the day I will be shattered because I have over exerted myself but it is worth it to keep me sane. These are the answers that don’t get given as often people are scared, or nervous. We are merely alerting people to the fact that these questions will be asked almost every time in a tribunal or a medical and to think about what they truthfully would answer outside the box, rather just a straight one line answer that will make the judge or examiner come to the assumption that is most often incorrect.  So here are a list of questions they will most likely ask you and why.

Are you going away or have you been away this year, A yes, they will assume you can get about, mobilise, etc, if you have then you need to tell them exactly what you did, ie if you haven’t had a holiday in years and your family went to help out, if you struggled with mobility whilst there, etc etc

Do you have a dog? They will ASSUME that because you have a dog, you can take it for exercise, ie walk, they will assume you can open cans of food, and bend down to feed him, and they will assume that you can get up quite quickly in order to take him out when he wants to go..

Do you have a washing machine? Ans: they ASSUME that having a washing machine means you can follow complicated instructions, and know the chronological order that the washing cycle takes. They will also maybe assume you can remember this.

Do you have a car?  They assume if you drive, even if you do not drive often, that you can follow directions/maps, complicated instructions and sit for long periods of time, whilst multi tasking and going to unfamiliar places. They will also assume that you are safe to go out alone. And get yourself in and out of the car ok, so bang goes the care needs in some cases.

Do you visit the hairdressers?  Yes, they will assume you get a] get there ok, b] sit still long enough to have a perm, colour etc c] socialise with strangers whom you have never met ie customers, d] leave after sitting for so long, and not have any problems with your return journey.

Do you have a mobile phone? They assume the mobile phone user does not have trouble speaking to unfamiliar people or strangers or have trouble communicating. They will assume you can follow complex instructions, and operate it easily, if you cannot do so and it was bought as a gift for relatives to keep a check on you then say so! Do you watch TV?  If yes, they may ask do you like Eastenders etc, Eastenders watchers are ASSUMED to follow complex storylines, without forgetting the order they follow (ie if you have indicated you can’t cook as you forget the order of things, this contradicts this according to ATOS.)

Do you have any pets? If you have other pets ie a lizard or rabbit, cat etc, they need cleaning and looking after so they will ASSUME you can lift, bend, carry, open cans to feed etc and do this depending on the pet on a regular basis despite how you feel. Did you travel by bus? The public transport question shows you are not afraid of going to places where there are crowds, or unfamiliar places, even if you had no choice, it also shows you can relatively high step onto a bus, (if you indicated problems with steps be careful with this question)

Did you come by Taxi, watch for the questions on how you got to the medical, if the taxi driver was unfamiliar, then it contradicts your question on being socially phobic, and shows you can give instructions and communication with strangers. It contradicts anxiety in public as it shows you can get into a stranger’s car ok.  If you had no choice or if you use a regular taxi firm and driver say so to conteract this assumption. Its idiotic I know but these questions will also be used in a tribunal as well.

Did you come here alone?  This is a crucial question, it shows them that you can get to somewhere unfamiliar alone, despite the fact you may have had no choice.  If you came with someone and left them in the waiting room, this shows that you were ok for some of it alone, and have not got the anxiety problems or trouble being left’s catch 22 for many but these questions are designed to trick you and by asking them it gives the questioning body a whole range of answers that can be completely misconceived.  They also watch you in the waiting room in many cases so if you are sat comfortably for 30 mins there and show no signs of anxiety outwardly then they are likely to verify this with one of the questions above.

Does the mental condition preventing you from doing leisure activities you previously enjoyed?

The ‘Doctor’ is trying to trip you up again. If you say you are suffering from depression and yet still follow your local football team then this proves you are not depressed. If you say you sometimes get to the allotment to see to your pigeons, then you are fit enough to travel to work. These questions are geared to prove everything you have entered on your IB50 form is false and can be medically debunked by your own answer.

Has agitation, confusion or forgetfulness resulted in any dangerous incidents in the last few months?

From your answer the ‘Doctor’ will deduce that you have not had any ‘serious’ accidents lately including slips, trips or falls?

You can use a computer?  Deal with your finances, correspondence, can read and write, do your own shopping? They are again assuming you have an excellent memory, your coordination and orientation are normal and you were not confused, agitated or forgetful during the ‘examination’?

Do you frequently feel scared or panicky for no obvious reason?

Unless you actually have a panic attack during your ‘examination’ the examiner is at liberty to assume you do not have panic attacks.  The usual comment is; Does not experience panic attacks,  Appeared relaxed, Not anxious on examination is entered on the medical usually in most cases..

Are you able to cope with changes in daily routine?

This is answered from the questions above.  Had an appropriate level of concern because of coming here today, normal concentration on examination, not anxious on examination, does not suffer panic attacks and oddly, has a mobile phone, which you use for texting, chatting, making arrangements and for emergencies.

Interaction with other people: Can you look after yourself without help from others?

Beware! You have already been asked this question above. From this question your examiner will deduce that you have a mobile phone and use it for texting, chatting, making arrangements and emergencies, can deal with your own finances and correspondence without difficulty, can use a computer and have normal intellectual functioning.

Lots of love.  Till next time, take courage.

Michelle and Laurie.


3 Responses to “More Resources”

  1. rainbowwarriorlizzie June 15, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & POLITICAL JOURNAL and commented:
    Action taken In Solidarity!

  2. rainbowwarriorlizzie June 15, 2013 at 11:28 am #

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