Then there's the statement, "For every £1 spent by the Government on our Work Programme services, we deliver back £1.95 in revenue to the taxpayer." It's in bold, so important. But what does it mean? There are no meaningful results yet on which to base it.
The piece moves on to the "current allegations" and states: "Between 2006 and 2009, there were 14 prosecutions for fraud among all welfare to work providers working with DWP. Out of these 14 cases, only the one mentioned above, in May 2008, concerned A4e." (That's the Slough case.) They have a point here. A4e has been singled out somewhat unfairly.
They then re-state their position on their review of controls and procedures, governance and "erroneous reports". They tell us again that "Emma Harrison has resigned as a Director and Chairman of A4e. As a result, she no longer participates in Board meetings." But what they don't address is the one fact which brought this storm on them - Emma's millions.
On Tuesday the Guardian published an important article headlined " Jobseekers who shunned voluntary scheme forced to do unpaid work". It shows that people who have opted out of the voluntary scheme have been put on the mandatory programme in what seems to them to be retaliation. The paper has evidence to back this, and says: "Guidance given to Jobcentre staff on mandatory work and obtained through freedom of information requests says advisers may, at their discretion, use dropping out or refusing to participate in voluntary schemes as grounds for MWA. A claimant 'dropping-out' of an employment measure prematurely may, or may not, indicate a lack of focus and discipline on their part. It is for advisory teams to consider the merits of MWA referral on a case-by-case basis." The DWP's response is to waffle without denying the facts. Well worth a read.