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A request for FOI in March turned up this data about the cost of WCA appeals to the taxpayer since 2009:

In reply to Q 4 Jobcentre Plus is responsible for a part of the appeal process against medical 
assessment decisions relating to ESA. The majority of the process is then handled by the 
Tribunals Service.  

Within Jobcentre Plus the direct staff administration cost of ESA appeals for the period from 
April 2010 to January 2011, the latest period for which figures are available, was £10m. The 
Tribunals Service has provided the following information in relation to 2009-2010.   

Receipts  339,215

Disposals 279, 030

Total Cost £81, 760, 709.
Average Cost £293.02

So ATOS’ methods have cost the taxpayer an extra £91, 760, 709 while bearing no financial penalties themselves. This is how public/private partnerships work to the advantage of the corporate sphere. Risk is always offloaded onto the public purse.


Written by bigleyma

July 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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