By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.
EXCLUSIVE: Atos and Maximus had their PIP and ESA contracts extended for the second time despite accusations they’re running a “failing” welfare system. Now the eye-watering cost to taxpayers can be revealed.
Tory ministers are quietly handing private firms an extra £630 million to test sick and disabled people for benefits – despite an avalanche of complaints.
Welfare chiefs are accused of “rewarding failure” after they extended contracts with corporate giants Atos and Maximus without going out to tender.
The firms’ deals to assess people for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) were each extended in recent months to July 2021.
Now the eye-watering cost has been confirmed by the Department for Work and Pensions, which slipped the details online without fanfare late last Friday.
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