Protests over planned cuts to disability benefits

Protests have taken place this morning in Hull, Sheffield and Leeds today over planned cuts to disability benefits.

Campaigners say a private firm employed by the Government to assess the sick and disabled is unfairly deciding some claimants are fit to work.

An ATOS spokesperson said: “We fully respect people’s right to peaceful protest and we understand this is a highly emotive issue.

“We do not make decisions on people’s benefit entitlement or on welfare policy but we will continue to make sure that service that we provide is as highly professional and compassionate as it can be.

"We do this through a constant programme of training and education for our staff, a rigorous recruitment process for healthcare professionals and through continual work with the Government, disability rights groups, healthcare professionals and those going through the process on the ground.”