How low will they go

  Kevscar1 10:29 24 Jun 13
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ATOS are really trying to rub it in. If you go to your doctor and he writes that you are not fit to travel to their offices and request the assesment they are refusing and saying you must attend because you were able to go to your doctors.

  Chronos the 2nd 10:45 24 Jun 13

Claiming travel expenses.ATOS.

You do seem to be having problems with ATOS, I on the other hand did not, much to my surprise I might add. I filled out the self assessment form and in due course got a phone call from the DWP saying that I was considered unfit to work and would be reassessed in 3 years time. I asked for the decision to be confirmed in writing and this they did not want to do for some obscure reason. When I said that the DWP will usually send a ten page letter if there has been a benefit increase of a penny why were they so reluctant to send me a written confirmation in this important matter.

Anyway I did eventually receive it. In my experience it is always best to get decisions confirmed in writing.

  lotvic 10:45 24 Jun 13

Perhaps you could find out about the building they want you to go to.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-22992152

"They wouldn't see him because he was a fire and health and safety risk."

In a statement Atos said letters warn people that if they would not be able to descend a flight of 30 stairs in an emergency then an alternative assessment should be arranged.

"We let people know about access prior to scheduling appointments to try to ensure no-one goes to a centre that is not appropriate for them," it added.

The Department of Work and Pensions, which owns the building, released a similar statement adding: "If people have mobility problems, which may make evacuation in the event of a fire difficult, a home visit or an appointment at an alternative assessment centre is arranged."

or you could sue them if you suffer pain and distress http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/04/atos-pays-out-to-man-left-in-pain-and-distress-by-assessment/

  lotvic 11:03 24 Jun 13

This www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/messageboards makes an interesting informative read about atos assessment centres totally unsuitable location and facilities.

  woody 11:11 24 Jun 13

While I do accept we have to look after the needy - there are too many people abusing the system. When ever I go out and try to us a disabled space I personally see people parking with a blue badge and walk fast or even run to the shops. I estimate nine out of ten do not need a blue badge.

  lotvic 12:55 24 Jun 13

woody, it's not always the disabled person that is the driver of the car. The blue badge holder might be a passenger. (Their photo is on the other side of the badge so could be checked upon - if you are brave enough to ask)

  Mr Mistoffelees 14:13 24 Jun 13

"You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car."

From: Blue Badge, Rights and Responsibilities.

  Forum Editor 14:50 24 Jun 13

"they are refusing and saying you must attend because you were able to go to your doctors."

Without knowing the full details I have to say that I think they have a point.

  Kevscar1 14:51 24 Jun 13

and how do you know that person running to the shops is not going to get their disabled passengers medication

  Forum Editor 15:07 24 Jun 13

"how do you know that person running to the shops is not going to get their disabled passengers medication"

You don't. This is what the rules say:

"You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car. Although it is not illegal for a badge holder, or a non-disabled person waiting for the badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle while the Blue Badge is displayed, consideration should be given to using a car park whenever possible."

It is, however, perfectly OK for a badge-holder to wait in the car whilst a non-disabled person collects something for the badge holder.

  Kevscar1 15:10 24 Jun 13

FE it wasn't me but in my case the doctors is in my road 407ft away, June has to drive me because I can barely walk 20yds now wait and bring me back. The bump on the kerb, speed bumps holes and bumps in the road leave me in agony for anything from 4 - 8hrs afterwards. Now if the ATOS office was the same distance away you might have a point but it isn't.

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