The DWP confirmed it is investigating 11 other separate cases of fraud at A4E

Four whistleblowers were yesterday "​gagged"​ by Tory MPs from giving public evidence about widespread fraud in the Government'​s controversial welfare-to-work programmes.

Conservative members of the powerful Public Accounts Committee blocked attempts to allow internal auditors from companies, including A4E, from giving evidence about past malpractice that they had uncovered.

Instead they were force to give evidence behind closed doors after Tories on the committee objected that the Department of Work and Pensions had not been given advance knowledge of their evidence. Last night a source on the committee suggested that the whistleblowers had been "​gagged"​.
Another said they believed that pressure had been applied to the Tory MPs by the Government to ensure that more damaging evidence about the fraud on the programmes was not placed in the public domain.

The Conservatives have an outright majority on the committee and have the power to block the evidence given in private even to be considered in its final report.



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