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Recent DWP outsourcing and advertising spend

Stuart
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Some highlights from DWP spend control data for contracts in 2018 released today include -

£394.7 million to extend existing IAS contract provided by Atos to deliver PIP assessment services over a period of 24 months and £236.4 million for Health and Disability Assessment Service (operated by Maximus)
DWP’s exceptions to spending controls: commercial October to December 2018

£37.8 million for two contracts in May 2018 [to Serco and G4S] to deliver contact centre services and £40.4 million contract to extend agreement with Atos on IT provision until DWP Single Health Operating Platform is enabled
DWP’s exceptions to spending controls: commercial April to June 2018

£5.3 million - for ongoing universal credit ‘Opening up work’ advertising campaign
DWP’s exceptions to spending controls: advertising and marketing April to June 2018

£60.7 million on two contracts to deliver current in-house contact centre services
DWP’s exceptions to spending controls: commercial January to March 2018

 

Mike Hughes
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Love that ATOS extension. Has any IT company ever delivered ever when a contract needed to be extended to enable them to do so? I think we know the answer.

Benny Fitzpatrick
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Will ATOS be paying tax on that?

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DWP updates on 3 June removed several of the spend control documents for commercial contracts apparently because ‘some of the data was incorrect’.(removed docs include those that showed Atos and Maximus contracts).

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Interesting quote from Capita CEO on securing two year extension of PIP assessment contracts -

These contract extensions are testament to the commitment of our healthcare team, our consistently strong operational performance, and the strength of our longstanding relationship with government.

https://www.capita.com/news/news/2019/capita-secures-145m-personal-independence-payment-contract-extensions/