A press release:
The DWP today announced in a written statement that it was intending to extend Atos and Capita’s contracts to provide Personal Independence Payment (PIP) functional assessments for a further two years to “allow for a stable transition to any new provision”, over which period it would develop in-house IT capacity.
Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, said:
“This is the most the Committee could have asked for at this stage and is further credit to the thousands of disabled people who sent evidence to us. The Government is making the important first steps to enable it to get out of a hole of its own making. Having the capacity to bring assessments back in house will put it in a far stronger position to turn the screws on its hitherto failing contractors, in the interests of claimants and all taxpayers. This…
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