In an Atos occupational health assessment, James was deemed unfit for work, and lost his job. When he subsequently applied for Employment and Support Allowance, he was assessed as fit for work by the same company. James says, “I am recovering from an operation, so couldn’t go out to work at the moment, even if I could find someone who will take me on in my condition. I have done 48 years of hard graft and paid my way. I stupidly believed that this would entitle me to a bit of help if I ever needed it. The stress and worry is dreadful. It really isn’t doing anything to help me get stronger, which is what will be needed if the government wants me to get back into work.”