The birth of the Windsor baby, and the fact that MPs and their journalist mates are all on holiday, meant that a significant news story was effectively buried. The papers which did pick it up are a bit confused, and no wonder. Try the Guardian. "Atos reports found 'unacceptably poor'". It's the quality of the written reports which the Atos people make which has not come up to scratch, not, the DWP insists, the validity of the verdicts. Even so, they are bringing in "additional providers" from next year to work alongside Atos in order to speed things up. It is really not clear what deficiencies the DWP is admitting to. The Mirror says, "Atos rapped over wrongly passing fit for work up to 41% of claimants", and that the DWP was "told to act because of deep concerns about Atos at No 10". That doesn't seem quite true, but who knows? And what penalty has Atos actually paid?
Another little-reported failure is that of the Youth Contract, the wage incentive scheme which was supposed to help 160,000 young people into work over three years. In its first year it helped just 4,700. The Guardian and the Financial Times both analyse the figures. But unless you read these papers you won't have heard any of this. Is the timing accidental?