Early day motion 714

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WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS AND DEATH OF MR BRIAN MCARDLE

That this House calls for an immediate cessation and reassessment of Atos work capability assessments following the death of Brian McArdle who died from a heart attack the day after his benefits were stopped; believes that Mr McArdle was badly served by a deeply flawed work capability assessment which wrongly declared him and many others fit for work; further believes that work capability assessments are particularly unsuitable in determining whether people with mental health problems are ready for work and that the threat of losing the benefits exacerbates people's mental health problems and pushes them further from work rather than closer to it; notes that despite the Government having outsourced more than 3 billion of public services to Atos Healthcare the Department for Work and Pensions refuses to publish Atos statistics that include data relating to how many people appealed their fit for work decision and how many of these appeals have been successful; and calls on the Government to conduct a radical and thorough overhaul of the system before there is more senseless loss of life through a process the outcomes of which appear to be beyond parliamentary accountability.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 28.11.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 13.11.2012
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 19.11.2012
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 21.11.2012
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 12.11.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 21.11.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 19.11.2012
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 26.11.2012
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 26.11.2012
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 22.11.2012
McKenzie, Iain Labour Party Inverclyde 13.11.2012
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 21.11.2012
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 30.11.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 13.11.2012
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 13.11.2012
Walley, Joan Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 17.12.2012