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Private profiteers Capita to continue benefiting from Westminster benefits contract 10 Nov 2018 14:45 #10954

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A for-profit private company looks set to continue benefiting from the UK’s welfare system, after Westminster Council awarded the firm Capita a long-term contract to continue administering the running of Housing Benefit payments and collection of Council Tax debts, it has been reported.

Capita, who are also behind discredited disability benefit assessments and accused of the poor management of vital public services, have been handed a seven year contract to continue collecting Council Tax and manage Housing Benefit payments, in spite of growing concerns around the out-sourcing of public services.

It means that Capita will be able to “maximise income generation” off of the backs of low-income residents in Westminister, London, while placing themselves in a highly favourable position for future contracts.

The contract has already been in place for a staggering 24 years and will run for at least a further seven years following the latest agreement, with estimates placing the value of the extended contract at around £65million.

The contract includes an option to extend it to 10 years.

Capita says the extension of the contract will allow them to roll-out its Capita One programme “across all services, providing a single-user interface, better integration of systems and enhanced provision of data”.

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