By James Lyons
27 Jun 2012 00:00
Welfare cuts reward: Fatcat lands £1m
bonus for helping to slash disability
Details of the obscene sum paid to the head of French firm Atos come as David Cameron
draws up draconian new welfare cuts
Le fatcat: Slasher Thierry Breton
The fatcat boss of a firm
hired to help slash the
benefits bill has won a
bonus of nearly £1million.
Thierry Breton’s bumper
payout means he pocketed
more than £1.9million last
Details of the obscene sum
paid to the head of French
firm Atos come as David
Cameron draws up
draconian new welfare
Atos was brought in to
reassess 2.5 million people
on incapacity benefit to
help the Department for
Work and Pensions decide
whether they are fit to
Mr Breton received his
massive pay out despite
mounting numbers of
successful appeals by
people ordered to get a
job after being tested by
Heart attack and lung disease victims are among those judged to be well enough
Some 3,100 claimants had appeals upheld in May 2011, up from 900 in the same
month in 2010, the latest figures show.
On average almost two in five, 38%, challenged decisions are overturned at
tribunal, nearly one in 10 of all those made.
And the appeals system costs taxpayers tens of millions of pounds to administer.
Labour MP Tom Greatrex says Mr Breton’s bonus will “sicken” those put through
the reassessment ordeal.
The Atos chief’s latest payment comes on top of wages and perks totalling
£1.83million in 2010.
It was revealed in its recent annual report in which it boasts about its “excellent
Mr Greatrex said: “People will find it hard to believe that he sees fit to reward
himself with millions, while thousands here suffer.
“It will sicken those who have been through the Atos process to hear the company
crow about its expertise.”
He called on the DWP to get a grip on Atos and make the firm improve its
“Thousands suffered because time and again incorrect decisions have been made
on the back of Atos assessments,” he said.
An Atos source said decisions on fitness to work were not based solely on its -
assessments but also on information from claimants and their doctors.
A spokesman for the company said the bonus was unrelated to the firm’s
Government contract, insisting: “No bonus payments are made as part of the
Department for Work and Pensions contract.”