National Audit Office uncovers 'weaknesses' in DWP contract with Atos to carry out fit-to-work assessments
Auditors have found "weaknesses" in the contract between the government and Atos, the private firm paid to carry out fit-to-work medical assessments, according to the BBC.
The contract underpins the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) efforts to move people from sick benefits into work.
But a BBC report found the National Audit Office said the DWP had failed to penalise Atos for "underperformance", and had not set "sufficiently challenging" targets.
French firm Atos was paid more than £112 million in the last year to carry out 738,000 face-to-face medical tests on benefit claimants.
August 20, 2012