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Group to protest over benefits.

A TEESSIDE campaign group will take part in a national protest about disability benefits.

Campaigners from the Teesside Solidarity Movement will stage the protest at the Atos assessment office in Thornaby on Wednesday.

Atos is the company contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions to conduct Work Capability Assessments to determine disabled people's eligibility for bene-fits.

The group is protesting about the use of the assessments which they say are "unfair, degrading and humiliating".

Jolade Mace, spokesperson for the Teesside Solidarity Movement, said: "We're organising this action because we feel someone needs to stand up to these policies and say 'no more'.

"We were made aware of a national protest against Atos and decided that we would join too in a show of solidarity to people who are sick or have disabilities across Teesside, as well as nationally."

The protest will take place at the assessment office in Sorbonne Close at 11am.

Other protests will be happening outside Atos offices across the country as part of the national day of action.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2014
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