Employment and Support Allowance announcement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Mr Iain Duncan Smith MP, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has made a statement about Employment and Support Allowance.

The previous Government appointed Atos the sole provider for carrying out Work Capability Assessments in 2008.

On 27 March 2014, the former Minister for Disabled People announced that following negotiations with Atos, the Government had reached a mutual agreement for Atos to exit the contract to deliver health related assessments including Work Capability Assessments before it is due to end in August 2015.

Following a rigorous procurement exercise, Mr Iain Duncan Smith MP, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has announced that MAXIMUS Health and Human Services Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver health related assessments including the Work Capability Assessments for DWP.

The contract is to provide a national service for three years, with the option to extend twice by a further year. Operational service will commence on 01 March 2015.

Read the full Ministerial Statement (PDF version)

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