If you are in the UK please take a look here:
London 11th may, I hope to be there health permitting to unleash some of my emotional unstability on ATOS origins.
I think this campaign is especially vital for mental illness and ‘inivisible’ diasbilites; the public perception of disability is so narrow and ATOS and their check list of stupid questions supposedly assessing work suitability that’s about as usefull and accurate as declaring all those who have turned up wearing green as fit for work, have those same attitudes. I don’t look ill or disabled I can phsyically touch my toes and turn a tap on and walk up stairs yet that does not mean I am ‘fit for work’. If I lost my benefits I would either risk a high chance of a relapse due to taking up work (and thus having to ‘go on the sick’ and start the whole kaboodble again) or more than likely I’d be found unfit to look for work 40 hours a week and not able to claim job seekers yet not able to actually get a job and get stuck in some sort of Kafka esque* horror that won’t exactly do wonders for my depression.
These tests do not adequately reflect fluctuating conditions, such as depression, or the emotional and mental symptoms which make it near impossible to work and/or hold down a job without substantial support from very understanding employers and a lot of sick days (which are found in cloud cuckoo land). A mental illness can be just a disabling as a physical one and for our government to sanction this sort of test is sickening (but then are callous fucks quite frankly, almost everything they do sickens me but in true movie trailer style “this time it’s personal”).
* I’m pretty sure he didn’t write ‘The Trial’ as a manual on how to run the welfare state, though a lot of his nightmarish visions of the depths to which humankind will sink (or ‘ideas on how to reform things and save money’) seem to have taken off in whitehall.