A4e is ‘fit and proper’, boss insists

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BOSSES at Sheffield-based firm A4e say it is a ‘fit and proper company’ after ministers were accused of failing to properly investigate alleged fraud.

The Commons Public Accounts Committee said the Department for Work and Pensions had missed ‘vital evidence’ of potential fraud at the welfare-to-work provider.

A4e said no evidence of fraud had been found after extensive audits and reviews and allegations related to ‘historical contracts’.

Andrew Dutton, A4e group CEO, said: “The issues raised under historic contracts were not acceptable. This is why we have gone back, strengthened our controls and are now openly calling on MPs, business leaders and employers to come and see for themselves the work we are doing.

“I am completely confident A4e is a fit and proper company. We provide an immensely important service which places thousands of the hardest-to-help in this country back into sustainable jobs.

“A4e is proud of its delivery of the Work Programme and remains focused on providing the best experience for our customers and value for money to the taxpayer.”