Tory government keeps report on fit-for-work tests secret to protect firms’ ‘commercial interests’ : Mirror.

The DWP has launched a legal battle at a tribunal to stop a report about Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public.

The DWP is protecting the commercial interests of giants Atos and Maximus.

The Tory government is fighting to keep details of hated fit-for-work tests secret – because releasing them would hurt firms’ ‘commercial interests’.

Officials have launched an extraordinary taxpayer-funded legal battle to stop a report on Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public.

Campaigners say the tests, which decide if people are sick or disabled enough to get benefits, are deeply flawed despite costing £200m a year.

More than 2,500 people have died shortly after being declared fit for work. Others have included one woman with an incurable flesh-eating disease and another who could barely climb stairs.

Yet the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish an ‘outcome report’ by the private firms that run the tests.

Hundreds of disabled activists protest outside the headquarters of Maximus

The privatised fit-for-work tests have attracted furious protests over the years (Image: WENN)

The DWP claims releasing the report, which contains monthly performance details from each testing centre, could give a “perception of under-performance” when read out of context.

This would “damage the reputation and financial standing of the companies involved,” officials claim.

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