Politics and Insights

In an exclusive report, The Londoner says that the government contractor Atos was fined £30 million for errors in its delivery of the work capability assessments (WCA).
It was announced at the time that Atos had made a “substantial financial settlement” to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), for “significant quality failures” in its reports on people’s ability to work.
The IT company – which the Department of Work and Pensions put in charge of deciding which people on benefits were well enough to work –   had its contract unceremoniously cancelled a year early this March, following a campaign spearheaded by Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Until now details of the fine have been kept quiet to avoid embarrassing the company, which is leaving the contract in February 2015.
When asked, the DWP would only respond with:
“They are paying us a financial settlement but we can’t disclose…

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