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Government had been looking for a way to end the contract with Atos but was waiting for a way to get out of the deal without losing the taxpayer money said Department for Work and Pensions minister Mike Penning.
Mr Penning said that if the DWP had sacked Atos "we would have had to have paid millions of pounds in compensation to them. I've had to work with them to actually say we want you to leave, they've announced that they wanted to leave.
"But I didn't want a gap and I wanted a quality and I wanted the backlog sorted out that we've negotiated and done and of course there'll be a large contribution to the tax payer."
In a statement Atos said it would: "continue to deliver the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments in Scotland, north of England, London and south of England and to deliver Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland."
As Atos says it has ended its contract with the Government over controversial assessments of whether benefits claimants are fit to work, we asked you if you had been through an Atos assessment and what you felt now that the IT company will no longer be responsible for them.
- Anne Elsdon: "Too little too late, they have caused far too much suffering to ill people."
- Sarah-Jane Darbon-Tailby: "Yes I have and they have a lot to answer for. Have caused people a lot of stress and illness when people already suffering!"
- Kaye Edwards: "I've had a ATOS assessment, but what worries me the most is who/what is going to take over now and are they going to be better/worse or same? It's all too worrying for those who have to go through these assessments yet!"
- Irene Baldwin: "Best thing that's happened. They've caused so much heartache and distress to genuinely ill people. Glad to see them go hope the new company takes on board the short comings of ATOS."
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Atos has paid a settlement to the Department for Work and Pensions Disabled minister Mike Penning has said after the IT firm ended its contract early.
A Department for Work and Pensions minister has said he is 'pleased' that Atos will receive no compensation after it ended its contract with the Government over controversial assessments of whether benefits claimants are fit to work.
Atos is quitting its contract to deliver Work Capability Assessments before it is due to end next year, the Government announced today.
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The firm that carries out assessments for disability claimants is quitting its contract early, the Government has announced.