Atos and Capita make millions in fees under the scheme overseen by Tory Damian Green [Image: Getty].

Last year, the BBC told us the government had not saved any money on disability benefits – despite doing its best to throw vulnerable people off the books – because of “rising costs”.

Now we see that the principle cause of those “rising costs” appears to be the increasing price of paying private firms to run the hated work capability assessments – the fake tests inflicted on the sick and disabled in order to find an excuse to stop their benefits.

And of course we should also remember the soaring cost – to the Tory government – of successful appeals against decisions to deny or remove the Personal Independence Payment (among other benefits) from claimants.

The whole system would be a joke – if people weren’t dying because of it.

As it is, the evidence shows a clear need to reassess (ha ha) the whole assessment system, asking what it aims to achieve, whether it achieves its aim and (if not) why not.

Don’t expect it to happen during a Conservative government, though – they’re far happier letting private companies rip off the taxpayer than they would be if they had to allow genuinely needy benefit claimants to have the cash they deserve.

Private firms are set to be paid millions more than the original budget for running the Tories’ hated disability benefit tests, it can be revealed today.

Outsourcing giants Atos and Capita have been paid £578 million so far for assessing people for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) since it launched in 2013.

Yet original contract documents estimated the work would cost taxpayers £512 million over five years.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams accused the government of “rewarding failure”, adding: “It is clear that these costs are spiralling out of control.”

Source: Private firms rake in millions more than budget for Tories’ hated disability benefit tests – Mirror Online

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