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Atos assessment - quality dives and government introduces competition

Tue, 23/07/2013 - 12:37 -- nick

The government is to make a radical change in the way work capability assessments (WCA) are carried out following more criticism of the unpopular tests.

WCAs are in place to work out whether disabled and long term sick people are capable of working.

Until now French company Atos has held the only government contract to carry out the WCA, but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have lost patience with the business and has confirmed it will invite other providers to bid for the work.

Sign the petition - sort out the ATOS disability benefit tests

Tue, 28/08/2012 - 13:13 -- nick

For months now, sick and disabled people have been made to go through lots of tests and interviews to qualify for the benefits they need to get by. “Proving” you have a disability has become a long drawn-out process, that can make life harder, not easier, for disabled people.

To make matters worse, this week we’ve found out that the government’s new approach to “testing” people isn’t working. As many as 100,000 people could have been denied the money they needed, and put under pressure to work when they can’t.

Watchdog finds 'weaknesses' in sickness benefit contract

Fri, 17/08/2012 - 13:21 -- nick

Auditors have found "weaknesses" in the contract between the government and Atos, the private firm paid to carry out fit-to-work medical assessments.

The contract underpins the Department for Work and Pensions's efforts to move people from sick benefits into work.

The National Audit Office said the DWP had failed to penalise Atos for "underperformance", and had not set "sufficiently challenging" targets.

Ministers said the terms of the contract were under "constant review".

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