Patrick Butler of the Guardian reports an interesting development in the outsourcing business - A4e's failure to get a contract. The contracts are for assessing people's eligibility for Personal Independence Payments, which will replace DLA. Ten companies have been shortlisted, including all the usual suspects - G4S, Serco, Atos, Ingeus etc. But not A4e, who did put in a bid. To have shortlisted A4e would have meant provoking howls of protest, because they are still under investigation. We are still waiting to hear about that contract for the EHRC helpline. Exaro broke the story that A4e had got the contract; the government denied it. But we still haven't heard who has got it. Not including A4e in the latest contracts sets a significant precedent. When they are exonerated will they be back in the mix? Or is this the start of the decline of the company?
It must be galling for Emma Harrison to see her former employee Hayley Taylor continuing to pull in the dosh. She has a new American series on More4 tonight. The Liverpool Echo sounds less than thrilled at the prospect.