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DSC ends association with Atos

Wed, 31 Jul 2013


A company which carried out controversial fitness-to-work assessments on people claiming benefits has not tendered for the contract.

Atos was appointed on a trial basis by the Department of Social Care for six months last year to assess whether people on incapacity benefits were capable of work.

The review found that a third of people assessed were fit for work – however the assessment process was heavily criticised.

Six companies have now tendered for a three-year contract – Atos is not one of them – and a decision will be made in August.

Minister Chris Robertshaw says decisions around this subject are always going to attract criticism:

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