Nine A4e employees charge with fraud offences

Fri, 27/09/2013 - 12:48 -- nick

Nine employees of under-fire employment services company A4e have been charged with fraud after allegedly faking evidence of jobs to get payments from the public purse.

The "numerous" offences were alleged to have taken place over four years between 2009 and 2013.

The company holds multiple government contracts including under the government's flagship Work Programme, but the court case relates to the "Inspire to Aspire" employment and training scheme.

A4e guilty of racial discrimination, says employment tribunal

Mon, 23/09/2013 - 13:50 -- nick

Controversial company A4e has been found guilty of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal.

A4e dismissed Rohim Ullah from its Bradford office in 2011 for failing to follow proper procedures, while two white managers accused of the same thing were kept on.

One of those managers also said of an Iraqi client that he should "f*** off back to his own country", but he was not subject to the same standard of investigation.

Emma Harrison - I was 'bullied' out of A4e

Thu, 25/10/2012 - 13:23 -- nick

Emma Harrison, the former head of A4e, gave her first lengthy television interview since leaving the company on last night's Channel 4 News.

Harrison, who was also previously the coalition government's families tsar, is still the largest shareholder in A4e, and rose to public notoriety by paying herself £8.6million from her 100% government-funded company.

MPs: welfare-to-work fraud checks 'inadequate'

Fri, 28/09/2012 - 10:22 -- nick

A committee of MPs investigating the government's welfare-to-work fraud detection has described checks as 'inadequate'.

The public accounts committee, which investigates government spending, has been looking in to accusations of fraud in A4e, although the company stated that a recent audit had found no evidence of fraud.

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, the committee's chairman, said that "risks remain, especially to value for taxpayers' money", with the Work Programme.

A4e sent jobseeker to lap dancing club

Fri, 25/05/2012 - 11:45 -- nick

Controversial welfare-to-work firm A4e was facing fresh police investigation last night as it emerged it had once sent a jobseeker to look for work in a lap dancing club.

Three whistleblowers yesterday handed MPs a 'damning' dossier of alleged fraud at the firm, which is one of five prime contractors on the Government's flagship £5 billion Work Programme.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling makes statement on A4e

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:21 -- nick

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling:

The DWP's Work Programme providers are required to ensure that stringent controls are in place to guard against fraud and to adhere to high standards of compliance in the operation of our contracts. By its innovative payment by results design, the Work Programme also provides significantly greater protection against fraud than previous employment programmes.



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