There has been remarkably little interest in the theft of a laptop containing personal client data from an A4e employee. Most of the coverage has simply repeated A4e's own press release. And some of the descriptions of A4e, such as "the jobs club firm" reveal a lack of knowledge of the company and its activities (although that particular description on the Register site also mentioned the fact that A4e administers the Home Office test for would-be citizens) . Even the BBC's local news filmed outside A4e's offices in Hull and referred to the company's "legal department" without mentioning the CLAC. One client of the CLAC said that the apology from A4e wasn't good enough and asked why the data was in someone's home. The news item drew comparisons with other data theft scandals, and Jo Blundell was put up to say that A4e are taking all the action they can.
The Guardian went with "Review to look at fairness of incapacity benefit tests", saying: "The contracts will in many cases not give private firms any money until they have found work, with the fee rising probably after someone has stayed in work for six months, 12 months or even two years. Emma Harrison, director for A4E , the largest private contractor, said she was delighted that the government was merging the different welfare to work schemes into one work programme, saying it would cut time and the cost of bidding for many small contracts. She said contractors were in discussion with banks to see if they would provide loans to cover the new regime of payment by results."