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I am constantly receiving emails and messages to the forum and blog from disgruntled victims of the DWP and their enforcement arm ATOS Origin. Many of these communications say that the author is going to give up. This worries me so I have put this together to try and offer an alternative view of the long drawn out processes applied by ATOS and the DWP.
When ATOS deny you your benefits by knowingly writing a report (ESA 85) which will encourage the DWP DM to give you the lowest possible mark they can, you should always challenge their decision. Not only that you should always write to ATOS Healthcare complaining about the quality of your assessment or the Doctors attitude or anything else you may be unhappy with. Back this up with an FOI request asking for any information ATOS and the DWP hold on you from your first ever contact up to the present.
Try to draw the process out by asking for further information from both, this serves to undermine their power over you and besides, they hate it when you ask them for information they are legally bound to give you. You should always appeal by challenging the HCP’s report and the DM’s marking of it, make that as detailed as you can and demand a reply.
Always go the distance with your appeal, always be accompanied and never give up. If you fail at tribunal try to find a way to challenge that, though you will have to prove the first tier failed on a point of Law which is often difficult.
The main issue here is to eat into any profits ATOS or the DWP make out of denying you your Benefits. Aim your main assault at ATOS, they are a private company who make money out of your misery. They have no conscience and unless they start to lose money hand over fist they will never be brought to book.
The DWP also need to know they are wrong to mark you down, they know what they are doing is morally wrong and like ATOS will try to pass the buck when challenged. The same applies, they would not give you quarter, don’t give them quarter either. Get stuck in, cost them as much money as possible and repeat the operation when they come back 6 months or a year down the line.
Above all, the readers and contributors to the blog and the forum http://www.dwpexamination.org will support and encourage you by telling you their horror stories and by encouraging you to keep your chin up .
No retreat, no surrender, and just refuse to give up.