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16 October 2013

Dennis Skinner demands Cameron abolish “heartless monster” Atos

The MP for Bolsover was clearly furious at a constituent's treatment by the assessment company.

By Ian Steadman

Dennis Skinner’s angry, heartfelt plea on behalf of a – sadly now deceased – consituent, who had been left waiting for an appeal on having their benefits stopped for 11 months, was the highlight of today’s PMQs.

Here’s the clip from the BBC:

His constituent, a farmer, passed away from “aggressive cancer” that “took his sight, his hearing, and then – last Friday – took his life”. He continued, voice wavering:

Two things the Prime Minister should do. One, with immediate effect, make an ex gratia payment to his widow to cover the pain and loss of income, and second, abolish this cruel, heartless monster called Atos. Get rid of it!

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Cameron brushed the question off, saying, “I think it is important that we carry out proper assessments of whether people are qualified for benefits or are not qualified for benefits”.

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