2012 at 16:27 by Liz Hodgkinson
I had only vaguely heard of the welfare-to-work company A4e before the scandal broke. Until then I had no idea of the scale of payments made to the company bu the government; that's us, the taxpayer. Nor did I know that Emma Harrison, the charismatic, pushy woman who started the company, pocketed over £8 million last year of public money. The contracts awarded by the government to this company ran into the hundreds of millions of pounds. Yet why was this outsourced in the first place?
As I understand it, A4e (Action for Employment) is a training company which imparts skills to the long-term unemployed to get them back into work. But they can't get them back into work if there are no jobs...