Gogol’s book, ‘Dead Souls’, about a man who mortgages dead serfs.
Last fortnight’s issue also carried this story about allegations of fraud on its workfare programmes.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP0 has been trying to bury bad news about allegations of fraud on its various welfare-to-work schemes even though some were so serious it referred them to the police for investigation.
According to the department’s Report on Contracted Employment Provision, which was slipped out on the DWP website nearly a year late and under cover of darkness, in 2012-13 the government received more allegations of fraud by workfare contractors than in previous years. Though the report named no names, it blamed the “substantial media and parliamentary scrutiny” of bad behaviour by firms like A4E and Working Links on the Work Programme and other jobs schemes.
The DWP believed there was a “case to answer” in five…
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