Tory Govt keeps report on WCA secret to protect firms

28 Days in the News

Moderator: Founders

Forum rules
When adding items from the News media please link to the article rather than post the article here.

If you must post an article please add a link to the original item.

This Forum Auto Deletes Topics After 28 Days

Tory Govt keeps report on WCA secret to protect firms

Postby Tobias » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:36 am

Tory government keeps report on fit-for-work tests secret to protect firms' 'commercial interests'

The DWP has launched a legal battle at a tribunal to stop a report about Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public

The Tory government is fighting to keep details of hated fit-for-work tests secret - because releasing them would hurt firms' 'commercial interests'.

Officials have launched an extraordinary taxpayer-funded legal battle to stop a report on Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public.

Campaigners say the tests, which decide if people are sick or disabled enough to get benefits, are deeply flawed despite costing £200m a year.

More than 2,500 people have died shortly after being declared fit for work. Others have included one woman with an incurable flesh-eating disease and another who could barely climb stairs.

Yet the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish an 'outcome report' by the private firms that run the tests.
The DWP claims releasing the report, which contains monthly performance details from each testing centre, could give a "perception of under-performance" when read out of context.

This would "damage the reputation and financial standing of the companies involved," officials claim.
The tests are run by a firm called Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, which is itself run by outsourcing giant Maximus.

Before that the tests were run by controversial welfare-to-work firm Atos.

The DWP claims itself, Maximus and Atos are all likely to have their commercial interests "prejudiced" if the report is released because its data goes back to 2011.
A watchdog rejected the DWP's claims in a damning ruling more than four months ago and ordered it to release the report.

The Information Commissioner slammed the DWP for "barely explaining" how private firms would be hit, adding: "The Commissioner is not persuaded that there is a real likelihood that disclosure of the withheld information would dissuade these companies from entering into future contracts with the government."
But the DWP is now appealing that ruling to a legal tribunal, dragging out the case until at least November.

The battle was triggered by a Freedom of Information request from project manager and freedom of information campaigner John Slater.

The 52-year-old told the Mirror: "It's disappointing when the Commissioner issued such a blunt decision and they've not backed up their arguments at all."

The DWP fought a previous case protecting welfare-to-work firms' 'commercial interests' all the way to the Court of Appeal and lost, costing taxpayers £100,000 in legal fees.
A DWP spokesman said: "This information is exempt from disclosure under FOI rules as it covers commercial interests.
"We publish a range of information on WCA outcomes, including at a regional level.”
Maximus and Atos had not returned requests for comment at the time of publication.
There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by the two firms in the Information Commissioner's report.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-government-keeps-report-fit-10946364
User avatar
Tobias
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 936
Joined: Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:45 am
Location: Central England
Has thanked: 370 times
Been thanked: 257 times

Re: Tory Govt keeps report on WCA secret to protect firms

Postby jeff3 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:25 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww800PzlJ6Y&t=10s just like the Nazi party secrets hay
User avatar
jeff3
Member
Member
Progress to next rank:
92.8%
 
Posts: 964
Joined: Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:19 pm
Location: two doors up from the purple house neath
Has thanked: 123 times
Been thanked: 347 times

Re: Tory Govt keeps report on WCA secret to protect firms

Postby Tobias » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:43 am

The Tory Govt and the majority of it's policies are a total shambles, they're a feckin disgrace to the nation :oyes:
User avatar
Tobias
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 936
Joined: Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:45 am
Location: Central England
Has thanked: 370 times
Been thanked: 257 times


Return to In The News

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron

Stats2