Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) end Atos contract

Atos will no longer be delivering the £500 million 'Fit-For-Work' contract

The firm Atos, which assesses whether benefit claimants in Britain are fit to work, is to finish its contract early, ministers have confirmed. It follows government criticism over 'significant quality failures'. Minister of State for Disabled People Mike Penning MP has said a new company will be appointed in early 2015.

ecdp is aware of the huge opposition of disabled people to the method of assessment undertaken by Atos in terms of Work Capability. This has led to a disproportionate number of reviews which have been overturned. This is not good for disabled people or the credibility of the programme.

Mike Adams CEO, ecdp, says 'we urge the Government to use this as an opportunity to insist any new provider works with Disabled People’s User Led Organisations to ensure assessments are fit for purpose.' 

ecdp recognises this is separate to the Personal Independent Payment (PIP) assessment, but urge the Government to ensure Atos learn the lessons from these experiences in their delivery of PIP assessments.

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