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Capability assessment waits 'will take 18 months to reduce'

Hundreds of extra staff are being hired to help clear the backlog of people who are waiting to have fitness-for-work benefit tests.

The American firm Maximus was last week awarded a £500m contract to carry out the tests - but it admits it could take 18 months to reduce lengthy waiting times.

The previous contractor Atos has been heavily criticised for the backlog of more than 600,000 cases.

Michael Buchanan reports.

  • 08 Nov 2014
  • From the section UK
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