Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Home Office Ignores Fraud Probes
Exaro reports that the Home Office has made A4e (the jobs agency being at the centre of a major fraud probe) the preferred bidder to take over the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) helpline to advise people of their rights in discrimination cases.
This despite the fact that ministers have ordered an audit of ‘all’ Whitehall contracts with A4e, to run alongside two current police inquiries regarding allegations of attempted fraud involving the company. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which provides most of A4e’s UK income, is also conducting an investigation.
A4e has been ‘preferred’ over the Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as Sitel, which ran the disability helpline for the EHRC before it was taken in-house, and Vertex, an international business processing company. The decision puts A4e in pole position to take over the service, despite the current controversy.
I wonder if anyone has told the Home Office that there are some fraud probes going on?