now im aware that there are plenty of examples public sector greed and dishonesty but it really is quite upsetting....
taking millions from the tax payer to get people a job in asda?
and then it turns out some of the jobs didnt even exist
Last week, it was reported that Mrs Harrison received a dividend of more than £8 million after the company's turnover reached £234 million.
When the public accounts committee held its recent session about A4e, Margaret Hodge – the MP for Barking, a former work and pensions minister and now the committee's chair – was on feisty form. "You are one of the first examples we have had of a company which is entirely dependent on public contracts for your existence," she told A4e's chief executive, Andrew Dutton. "The profits you make come from the taxes that ordinary, hard-working people pay." She went on to question not just the company's track record, but the cut it takes from the charities and social enterprises with which it works: "sheer profit", she claimed.
When I speak to her, Hodge does not exactly hold back. She says she first came across A4e in her east London constituency, where it is sub-contracting Work Programme activity to a charity. "It seems like a scam," she says. "They win the contract, and all they do is sub-contract – to a perfectly adequate organisation in my borough called LifeLine, which has developed out of a church. A4e slice off 12.5%. When I met A4E in Barking, I kept asking: 'What do you do for that money?' They said: 'Well, we put people in touch with national employers.' But this outfit know Asda and Tesco. They've been placing people there forever anyway. A4e has no risk, its contribution is minimal, and it still slices off that money. To you and me, that will feel like a scam."