Victory over ATOS using Social Media

  • A disabled woman who waged an online campaign to challenge Atos says she hopes her small victory encourages people undergoing the test to assert their rights.

    Jayne Linney, whose condition causes pain in her joints and muscle spasms, was a community worker before she gave up work in 2010.

    Social media allows the opportunity to make both criticism and suggestions, and the private sector particularly understand can make or break their reputation.

    Ms Linney said that it was important that her WCA  was recorded because she had experienced three assessments where the reports had contained wrong information about her condition and which had even got her name wrong.

    After several requests to record her fourth assessment, Ms Linney was told that her assessment could not be recorded because all the machines were broken. So she started an online campaign using social media to attract attention.

    Atos relented after Ms Linney's campaign attracted messages of support from thousands of disabled people.

    Ms Linney said that her successful challenge against Atos had been empowering and she urged other disabled people to follow her example if they found themselves in a similar situation.

    It was so disheartening to have to challenge all this, and didn't inspire any confidence in the fairness of the system either.

    I decided to start my website petition out of indignation because I knew that the WCA could be recorded, Chris Grayling was saying it could - so how dare Atos say that it couldn't. I wanted it challenged publicly.

    The fact that my assessment was recorded made a huge difference. The doctor was polite and I wasn't asked to stand up or balance which they usually ask you to do, even when you say you can't.

    I hope that my victory will give people belief. At least three people who have contacted me to say that because I had challenged Atos's refusal to record my WCA, they would too.

    Kaliya Franklin, who has successfully made use of the internet and social media as tools to campaign against the Government's welfare reforms, welcomed Ms Linney's victory over Atos.

    Ms Linney's campaign proves that with determination and persistence disabled people can make a difference to an unjust system. Whilst it seems unlikely that we will see the back of either Atos or the WCA, Jayne's efforts just go to show that improvements can be made to the current system by speaking out and criticising in a constructive manner.

    Social media allows us the opportunity to make both criticism and constructive suggestions, and is something the private sector particularly understand can make or break their reputation.

    Source: Disability Now

Related articles

  • Read More

    THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE

    The online survey posed questions to 1,479 people between ages 14 to 24 to rate which social media platform (of YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter) negatively impact their users.The...

  • Read More

    SOCIAL MEDIA APPS FOR HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

    INSTAGRAMGOOGLE TRANSLATEHOMESWAPPER MATCHESFACEBOOK LIVEWHATSAPPTAWKYou can download these apps online and via Android or IOS devices as well. Enjoy!What do you think? Please tweet...

  • Read More

    FREE DEVICES AND APPS FOR BETTER HEALTH

    Some of such devices and apps which will be available in April 2017 are:AliveCor- A mobile heart monitor (strapped to the back of a smartphone) which will also save NHS money, reducing need for...

  • Read More

    #UKHousingFast

    The #UKHousingFast is a social media campaign which is led by people living and working in social housing to support the activities of Trussell Trust.This fast is in its third year and will take...

  • Read More

    Twitter leads national campaign for compassionate care

    #HelloMyNameIs is a social media based campaign created by one doctor, Kate Granger, in order to encourage healthcare professionals to introduce themselves to patients.The campaign is now being...

  • Read More

    Social media for housing associations

    Online engagement between many commercial and charitable organisations and their clients and users has become very popular. However, many housing organisations have not succeeded as well as they...

  • Read More

    An effective social media strategy for your social organisation

    It is important to reach a position on social media where the community feels comfortable in sharing the content that you post.Your content should reflect the trust and integrity your users have for...

  • Read More

    The Social Media Presence of Social Organisations

    However, there are still many organisations who are not taking full advantage of social media platforms by not regularly updating their users and followers with content, nor sharing links that their...

  • Read More

    Charity urges homelessness to be put to an end

    Homeless Link, in its manifesto to end homelessness, has urged the next Government to end rough sleeping, ensure employment and welfare support, provide more homes and protect the rights of tenants,...

  • Read More

    Instagram for your Social Organisation

    It has beat Twitter in terms of number of users, but it is currently outperforming in terms of engagement as well.Instagram's engagement is 50 times higher than Twitter. The difference is a large...

Revenue Optimisation "Coventry Mind has recently worked through a programme of Housing Benefit optimisation with Support Solutions and in particular their specialist Danny Key. Throughout the whole process Danny demonstrated that he has excellent knowledge of the subject and was able to put forward a convincing case for the increase in funding to the Housing Benefit team. Coventry Mind has already and will continue to recommend Support Solutions and in particular this service to other organisations." Steven Hill - Director of Central Services

 

Briefing Signup