The National Audit Office hit out at the Department for Work and Pensions for not seeking financial redress for the failures. “The taxpayer is effectively paying for this service twice – once through the £112 million a year Atos receives from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and then again through the £60 million a year spent on appeals and clearing up the mess that results from Atos assessments,” Greatrex said.
MPs had previously struggled to establish information about Atos’ performance targets and financial penalties. A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “It is a complicated area but we are committed to making it a success to ensure it is both fair and accurate for the user and value for money for the taxpayer.” Labour had originally introduced the fitness-to-work test in 2008, but it was the coalition government which opted to roll out the scheme nationwide after the 2010 general election.
17th August 2012