Taxpayers ‘left to foot bill for DWP’s assessment failures’ as costs set to double | DisabledGo News and Blog


Disabled people have been failed by the government’s inability to manage the assessments for disability benefits that are carried out by outsourcing giants Atos, Maximus and Capita, according to the chair of an influential committee of MPs. Labour MP Meg Hillier, who chairs the Commons public accounts committee, spoke out after a damning report by the public spending watchdog, which found spending on assessments was set to double in just two years while the three companies were failing to meet the required standards. The assessments help determine eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP), and also aim to support people on sick leave back into work as part of the new Fit for Work service. But the National Audit Office (NAO) said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to achieve value for money from the health and disability assessments it had contracted out to Atos, Maximus and Capita. In 2014-15, DWP spent about £275

Source: Taxpayers ‘left to foot bill for DWP’s assessment failures’ as costs set to double | DisabledGo News and Blog

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