Channel 4 News tonight followed up it's piece on A4e and interview with Emma Harrison last night with an interview with Anna Burke, former head of Eco-Actif. This was a social enterprise which was a sub-contractor of A4e until it went out of business. Ms Burke was shown the figures which Harrison claimed were wrong, and she agreed that they looked accurate and were "highly typical". She said that clients were divided into red, green and amber; the red ones being those who were shelved as being too hard to help.
Krishnan Guru-Murty said that a number of A4e clients had contacted the programme, and they showed a few of the comments, which were very critical. They then replayed Harrison's "very improbable statement" description of a similar comment made on last night's programme. Ms Burke referred to the "bullying" contention of Harrison, and said that the reputation throughout the Work Programme was that it was the clients who were being bullied. It "needs throwing out," she said.
I don't think this story is going to go away.