Sheffield protest against disability test

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Disability campaigners will gather at the Castle Square tram stop in Sheffield at 2pm today to protest against the government’s new ‘fitness for work’ assessors Maximus.

The campaigners are fighting to stop the work capability assessment, which they say imposes judgements which have led to people wrongly being deprived of their social security.

The campaigners are calling for NHS experts to take over all fitness for work and occupational health assessments.

Stuart Smith of Unite Community South Yorkshire, which supports the protest, said: “Our union keeps meeting people with ‘hidden’ disabilities like mental health problems or dyslexia who are getting their benefits stopped through sanctions.

“This robs them of their dignity and makes it even harder for them to find work. It looks to us like some of the most vulnerable claimants are being picked on so that the DWP and Job Centres can reach their benefit sanction targets.”

The group will march from the tram stop down to the Maximus assessment centre at Hartshead Square.