As I'm sure we're all aware - ATOS are a bunch of horrible little people who don't want to help, only bully us and toss us back in to work, even if we aren't up to it.
I'm due to get an appointment with them any day now, and decided to do my research. I managed to stumble across the handbook they use which tells you not only how you will be assessed and viewed, but also the tricks they use to 'catch you out', and twist your words against you.
For example, if you claim to have pain issues, but are capable of hanging your coat up and sitting down without displaying pain when you walk in to the appointment with them - it tells the assessor to be suspicious of that!
When they ask about your daily life and you mention you sometimes pop to the shops for a pint of milk or a loaf of bread...they will take that as you are capable of physical activity, and therefore working.
So, everyone, when your turn comes, make sure you've read this thoroughly, and made a mental note of what not to say so as they can't bully you in to working before you're ready! issuu.com/atosvictims/docs/...
Take your time, it's 180 pages long, don't overwhelm yourself and attempt it all in one sitting.
Gentle hugs all round x