As some of you have been quick to point out, it's been announced that A4e has had one contract removed, the Mandatory Work Activity contract in the South East. That's it. Everything else is fine. (See the Press Association announcement). No evidence of fraud, says Grayling, but "significant weaknesses in A4e's internal controls on the Mandatory Work Activity contract in the South East". But "A4e is keeping other contracts it has with the DWP, including those under the Work Programme, which tackles long-term unemployment."The BBC report adds the reactions of A4e. "The company welcomed the 'positive findings' of the Department for Work and Pensions' audit, and another by the Skills Funding Agency, saying: 'Both confirmed they identified no evidence of fraud, systemic, attempted or otherwise, in relation to any audit completed of the contracts they hold with A4e.'"
You bet they're pleased. One MWA contract is a small price to pay to be let off the hook for everything else.