Chair's statement on Contracted-out health and disability assessments
8 January 2016
A statement from Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts.
"Disabled people and taxpayers in general have been failed by the Department for Work and Pensions' inability to manage health and disability assessments.
The Department's approach has been unclear, its targets untested and consistently missed and future delivery is under threat. With the annual cost of assessments now expected to rise to a staggering £579 million in 2016–17, taxpayers have been left to foot the bill.
Contracting out the delivery of public services does not absolve the Department from its responsibilities to ensure that taxpayers' money is well-spent. The Department needs to do more to ensure private providers deliver a better deal for sick and disabled people as assessments have a huge impact on their ability to access vital cash to live with dignity."