Black Triangle, the disability rights group, have written a letter of complaint about the American company, Maximus, being awarded the contract to assess the long term sick and disabled to Iain Duncan Smith. They point out that simply changing the contractor from Atos to Maximus will not alter the actual assessment procedure itself. They also raise the issue of Maximus’ suitability for the contract, as the company has seen itself prosecuted several times in America for corruption. The article begins
Iain Duncan Smith
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Dear Secretary of State,
We are deeply concerned by your decision to award the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) contract to private contractor Maximus, rather than bring the work back in-house to be carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions.
In March, Atos negotiated an early exit from the now infamous £500 million Work Capability Assessment contract, prompting a…
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