DWP 'did not do enough' on A4e
The National Audit Office has said the Department for Work and Pensions "did not do enough" to monitor and prevent fraud on its welfare-to-work programmes. The NAO said that "risks still remain" of fraud due to a lack of "systemic independent checks". The news comes following the DWP's announcement that it had cancelled its Mandatory Work Activity contract with A4e in the South-East. Minister Chris Grayling said "While the team found no evidence of fraud, it identified significant weaknesses in A4e’s internal controls on the Mandatory Work Activity contract in the South-East." Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat MPs are threatening to revolt over Government plans to cut benefits to the blind. Many blind or partially-sighted people will lose their disability living allowance when it is replaced by the new personal independence payment, prompting backbenchers to demand a U-turn.