Atos and Capita earn the fees assessing people for PIP despite thousands having their cases overturned on appeal
Fit-to-work firms Atos and Capita have earned more than £500m of taxpayer cash running a hated Tory scheme to assess people for disability benefits.
Analysis of Government data by the Mirror shows the two firms were paid £211m for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments in the first 11 months of 2016.
That was up from £198m in 2015, £91m in 2014 and £7m in 2013, the year PIP launched.
PIP is designed to help disabled people live independently and is replacing the old Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Yet despite the assessments’ £507m price tag, thousands of decisions based on them are being overturned on appeal.
Figures to September 2016 show 61% of 90,000 claimants who appealed against a PIP decision at a tribunal won their case.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This adds to the suspicion that these companies are just driven by a profit motive, and the incentive is to get the assessments done, but not necessarily to get the assessments right.