We all know by now that another shambles has occurred in Iain Duncan Smith's welfare "reforms". People on Disability Living Allowance are to be assessed for its replacement, the PIP. But instead of it going live all over the country, as it was meant to do, it will only happen for now in parts of the country. Nothing wrong with that, say ministers, we intended to do that all along, and anyway, better to go slowly and get it right.
Now, there are two contractors involved in this, Capita and Atos. In one report I saw that the places which are going ahead with the PIPs assessments are those in which Capita has the contracts. And we know that Atos was struggling to get everything in place because many of the proposed sub-contractors who were listed on its bid documents have pulled out. Does this mean that the scheme can't go ahead where Atos is the contractor because they're not ready? I don't know, but it seems likely. The DWP won't want to blame Atos because, as with all outsourcing contracts, the question would be asked, "Why did you give them the business?"
IDS seems to be keeping his head down this weekend.