IPC head names as '​top sponsor'​ Atos Healthcare, responsible for controversial '​work capability'​ tests for disabled people.

Paralympic organisers have defended the sponsorship of the games by Atos, the multinational company whose UK healthcare arm is responsible for delivering controversial "​work capability"​ tests for hundreds of thousands of disabled people on sickness benefit.

Atos Healthcare, tests around 11,000 incapacity benefit claimants a week under a £​100m a year contract with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The company has been criticised by MPs for its "​flawed"​ approach which has left thousands of disabled people wrongly denied benefits and has become a lightning rod for criticism of the government'​s welfare reforms.

Disability activists have protested at Atos'​s involvement in the games, and some have called for a boycott. But Sir Phillip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said he valued its links with Atos as a "​top sponsor"​. He said: "​I am very happy with our relations​hip."​

Full article in the Guardian


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