TAXPAYER MONEY ‘WASTED’ ON BENEFIT CHECKS

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.

Source: Politics.co.uk
Link: http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2012/08/17/taxpayer-money-wasted-on-benefit-checks

17th August 2012

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