North East MSP, Christian Allard has welcomed the decision by Atos to end its contract with the UK government early.
The company assesses people for benefits on behalf of the UK government and carries out tests to see if they are fit to work.
Commenting the French-born MSP said: “It is telling that Atos are no longer willing to carry out these assessments on behalf of the Westminster government.
“The assessments, part of the welfare cuts agenda, are designed to harass and intimidate vulnerable people.
“This agenda is driving families further into poverty and emptying the shelves of local foodbanks in the North East.
“I would encourage those who feel strongly about these unfair tests to direct their anger at those responsible for implementing them, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition at Westminster.”