Atos Throws In The Towel

Posted: February 22, 2014 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Benefit tales

Thanks to the Work Test Whistleblower for posting this article examining Atos’ sudden announcement today that it is pulling out of the Work Capability Assessment Program early.
Yesterday afternoon, the Financial Times announced that Atos wants to pull out of the WCA programme.

Here are the nuggets I picked out.

  1. There appears to have been no prior press release from Atos on the subject, which suggests that the news was fed directly to the Financial Times – an overtly pro-business paper, which today wrote that “The thrust of [the PM’s welfare reform] effort is socially just and economically warranted”. Other papers have been obliged to quote the FT.
  2. The headline was “Outsource group seeks exit from UK £500m benefits contract after death threats“, while the first two paragraphs cite “death threats against staff”, and criticism from “opposition Labour MPs” that made the political environment “untenable”, as the reasons…

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