There seems to be no let up for Emma Harrison and her troubled company A4e as news of a second police enquiry was announced.
Headlines in the Daily Mail revealed that “Police have launched a second fraud inquiry involving state contracts run by David Cameron’s millionaire ‘back-to-work’ tsar Emma Harrison.”
The article by By Jason Groves and Sam Greenhill went on to state:
“A senior Government source indicated she was likely to lose the role if evidence emerged that fraud was widespread and ongoing at the company, which earned £180million from state contracts last year. Her firm could also be stripped of its current lucrative Government deals.”
However it appears that despite the police investigation, A4e could be in line for a share of £126million government funded contracts.
The Cabinet Office said the firm would still be able to pitch for contracts to help the young jobless under a scheme launched yesterday by Nick Clegg. A spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister said: ‘It’s an open tender process
What will be interesting is just how this will affect the government’s Work Programme that was designed to help the long term unemployed back into work.
It appears the spotlight turned on A4e as a result of the negative reporting of clients being sent on work placements. However as this practice is so widespread amongst welfare-to-work-providers, who will be next?