In an exclusive report, The Londoner has been told that government contractor Atos was fined £30 million for errors in its delivery of the work capability assessments.
It was announced at the time that Atos had made a “substantial financial settlement” to the DWP, for “significant quality failures” in its reports on people’s ability to work.
Until now details of the fine have been kept hush-hush to avoid embarrassing the company, which is leaving the contract in February 2015.
When asked, the DWP would only respond:
“They are paying us a financial settlement but we can’t disclose the amount for commercial reasons”.
When Atos was asked the same question: “It’s all legally bound up, I can’t comment,” was the reply from its company spokesperson.
But is the £30 million correct? “Will you tell me who gave you the figure?” was Atos’s only reply.
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