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.

Iain Duncan Smith's £2bn benefit tourism estimate cut

Fri, 14/09/2012 - 12:49 -- nick

The BBC has reported on the potential cost of allowing non-UK citizens to claim benefits here. Ian Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, said last year that this could amount to £2b, but has reduced the estimated cost to £155m. This is important as the government has spoken about the benefits bill being unaffordable, and giving this as a reason why another £10b needs to be saved from it.

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".

Shame benefit cheats says DWP official

Thu, 05/07/2012 - 13:19 -- nick
Benefits cheats should have their photographs pinned to "every lamp-post in the streets where they live" to shame them, according to a senior Government official. Terry Moran, a senior official at the Department for Work and Pensions, made the suggestion to hundreds of civil servants at a conference in west London on Tuesday.

DWP refuses to release Work Programme risk register to Labour

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:26 -- nick

The government has refused a Freedom of Information request from Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for civil society, to provide him with the risk register that it prepared for the Work Programme.

Thomas revealed that he had submitted the FoI request to DWP at yesterday’s Civil Society Question Time debate on the first two years of the coalition government, organised by Civil Society Media and NCVO and attended by dozens of charity sector chief executives.



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