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Emma Harrison CBE prepares for Jail

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A4e’s founder and former chairperson Emma Harrison CBE along with top A4e execs prepares for a significant jail term after an internal audit report got leaked to the press. (anyone with a copy, send it to us we will publish it!)

Despite so many fraud investigations which exceed the number of fingers I have, A4e’s management decided to hide this report – which claims systematic fraud – from DWP. This is serious – A4e have deliberately withheld this information from Government bodies (DWP, NAO, police etc.) whilst Emma Harrison milked these illegal monies from the business through dividends, other businesses and salary known from here-on in as money laundering.

  • 1 in 25 claims described as fraudulent (or irregularities)
  • A further 1 in 8 claims (approx) were described as risky
  • systematic fraud found with numerous cases across the country
  • Only 70% of monies claimed by A4e, has entitlement to be claimed
  • A4e management was aware of, failed to eliminate, and refused to deal with the problem that they knew was common place and somewhat encouraged by management, whilst suing everyone who spoke out, undertaking internet censorship and undertaking numerous false statements repetitiously to get people to believe them as fact

Of course this report was in 2009…  A4e would claim things have changed since, however, unlike “past fraud” swept under the carpet… A4e have kept this audit findings secret for up to 3 years to keep its contracts. The length of secrecy of this document is significant.

This is no longer about A4e just losing their contracts but key management officials being prosecuted.


A4e refused to be interviewed or make a statement (although one is on their website this morning) and got ERSA to make a statement. This obviously because if ERSA lies, it was them being misled by A4e… and such comments in “good faith“. If A4e’s new chairman or another official lied, its a serious criminal matter… not a “misunderstanding“.

DWP are also very quiet as they have some skeletons in their closet (its the same amongst the Labour party) however they should be confident than any claims made in retaliation are just accusations – not to mention the corruption of bargaining with them… keep their mouths shut for a shorter jail term.

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I hope by the end of the day that:-

  • A4e’s bank account is frozen
  • A4e’s board is arrested (or at least taken in for questioning)
  • A4e’s contracts terminated
  • An inquiry made into A4e

I however doubt either. It would help if we can publish the report…


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  1. It was the lead-story on Newsnight yesterday.

    Saint Emma is welcome to comment on this Blog.

    Andrew Coates

    March 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

    • The reason why Labour are not wanting the contracts terminated, with the shadow work and pensions secretary saying there must be investigation into the work programme before any calls for suspension… is simply because Labour are in talks with A4e for new programmes when they win the next General Election.

      Whereas the opposition party is expected to force the Government to get rid of this waste to taxpayers money… they don’t want the end to A4e because, like Conservatives, they are friendly with Emma Harrison and Co plsu want to send much more money their way!

      Work Programme

      March 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  2. Have just watched last night’s Newsnight from the BBC website. I never workd for A4E, but everything they say is going on at A4E I have seen elsewhere. It is important that people understand that this an industry-wide problem and I welcome the increased exposure.


    March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  3. I bet all these companies are at it.

    Of course A4E will be the fall guy (my heart bleeds) and well go back to praising the WP (well WE won’t, but Goon Grayling will).


    March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  4. I would certainly expect SEETEC to have done the same.


    March 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  5. FND really stands for ‘Fraudulent New Deal’.


    March 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    • yeah but the original New Deal was fraudulent too!!

      Work Programme

      March 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      • How about ‘New Deception’ and ‘Fraudulent New Deception’?


        March 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  6. What does it take to suspend A4e? This is truly farcical now…. surely anybody with any sense can see A4e is a “dead man walking”.

    Put it out of its misery please… even my Grandma (not know for perusing the news) has now heard of A4e and is asking me “Isn’t that the place you attend?”… is it still open?

    Open yes, but lets hope this is the final nail. The farce CANNOT continue.


    March 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  7. A4E and the prison education contract:

    The University and College Union (UCU) say allowing A4e to deliver new prison education contracts will bring offender learning into ‘disrepute’.

    The union will be writing to John Hayes MP, minister of state for further education, skills and lifelong learning, to recomend that the welfare-to-work provider be removed as the government’s preferred bidder….

    Read the rest here:



    March 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Last night there was an item on Channel Four about Court translators now run by an Emma like millionaire figure: somebody got a Rabbit registered as a translator.

      These are the kind of people now running public services.

      Andrew Coates

      March 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  8. Don’t forget you toothbrush, Guv’ness 🙂

    Old Lag

    March 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  9. I have known about this since 2009, its why i always keep copies of the documents, always read what i sign.. IF and its a big IF, a4e gets off scott free.. their reputation will be done,, Who will want to work with a company like that, involved in fraud.. this is also affect the unemployed, are they complicit in the fraud.. did they know and say ok.. a4e’s reputation is shot.. No doubt they will use the its a historical document, it was done by an individual and not a4e as a whole.. how things have changed now, If someone gets away with fraud they will not stop they will carry on..

    Martin Williams

    March 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    • to answer your question… obviously the Government.

      I don’t even think A4e are the best at dealing with the states common purpose regime – there are other better suited providers…

      Work Programme

      March 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  10. i told the jc what they were all up to in 2004, but they said it was all in my head lol

    the a4e staff might want to start using there time now to find new jobs, o i forgot there is none apart from these hidden ones no one can find because they are made up in the first place.

    super ted

    March 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  11. Aren’t we unemployed people shedding tears out of happiness at the above article?


    March 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  12. I shed tears for those bullied and harassed by A4e.
    It does happen, continually and that IS systemic.

    The company is an absolute disgrace.

    If it had ANY non government contracts, those companies they would have packed up and gone by now.

    The Government is beginning to look shameful day by day.

    The role of the DWP bears more scrutiny as they seem to be almost complicit in this!


    March 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  13. Dear Emma,go to jail,do not pass Go,do not collect 8.6 million pounds in dividends,(because you don’t deserve it you con merchant/thief).


    March 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

  14. Why does the govermment insist on using on A4e? Is it all about money when in technicial terms its costs the same as per indivdual to train them and send them on their way rather then waiting 3,6,9, 1 year,2 years after which fails because the person signs back on JSA or gets sickness benefits

    If we had a system in place where people actully trained for work and paid then we wont need workfare or a4e? and benefits would be low all the time. Shame this goverment cannot see that because with 2.67 million of work you would see a improvement.

    Hope she goes to jail my wife was sent on them A4E courses and all she did all day was doodle on paper whilst claiming JSA…They think treating people like school kids is the answer to getting a job? so out of touch this Gov


    March 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  15. my wife was sent on them A4E courses and all she did all day was doodle on paper whilst claiming JSA

    my provider has took the 400 quid from dwp and now as im worthless to them i don’t even have to go now and ive been on it from the start lol

    or it might be i put a job advisers name addr phone number and how much she wanted for her house on the net whoops!

    super ted

    March 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

  16. the private sector is being seen to be running the government,as with the banks these companies are increasingly seeing themselves as the untouchables.

    while what is happening at A4e is not uncommon in the business world (corners cut/cheating/bullying quote Margaret hodge),the fact the government and A4e are keeping their heads down its quite clear the DWP are being a patsy to these companies’ allowing this to continue.

    this combined with the figures in those who have found work only makes the hole deeper and deeper and more claims coming to surface as time goes on.only getting worse.

    also people who are unemployed should not be treated as an item of merchandise,it is immoral and irresponsible that they should be exposed to this.


    March 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  17. somebody needs to investigate the DWP. They are coming out of this with absolutely no credit. A4e’s reputation will I think never recover from this onslaught, but the DWP seems partially responsible at least.


    March 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  18. The Government wants to replace our jobs with workfare slaves. We say: “No TO WORKFARE” In Solidarity with the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society who are facing the most brutal onslaught from Government ideologically-driven policies and as a show of resistance to this fascist Government our forthcoming strike action will strike at the heart of these Nazi bastards as we grind this slave ship of a country to a halt. Happy Easter. Thomas & Friends

    Thomas the Tanker Driver & Friends

    March 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  19. “When one comes to think of it, it is strange that thousands of people in a great modern city should spend their waking hours swabbing dishes in hot dens underground. The question I am raising is why this life goes on–what purpose it serves, and who wants it to continue…”

    –George Orwell

    George Orwell

    March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  20. Contingency plans laid for end of A4e deal

    By Sarah Neville and Kiran Stacey

    Contingency plans have been made for the possibility that A4e, one of the biggest private sector partners for the government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme, will be stripped of its contracts following fraud claims against the company, a minister has told the Financial Times….



    March 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

  21. Cameron reveals 125 back-to-work probes
    By Kiran Stacey, Political Correspondent

    Companies running back-to-work schemes for the government have been investigated as many as 125 times in the past six years over their use of public money, David Cameron has revealed…..



    UK outsourcing drive gathers pace
    By Gill Plimmer
    Private sector suppliers to government are scrambling to win billions of pounds of work from changes to the benefit system as the coalition presses ahead with its next big outsourcing drive in the wake of the welfare reform bill, passed just over two weeks ago.
    A raft of lucrative contracts worth between £300m and £5bn are expected to be awarded to companies including G4S, Serco and Capita over the next few months, chief among them the controversial reassessment of disability allowance, which could see 1m people currently categorised as unable to work reassessed with a view to getting them back into the labour force…..



    March 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

  22. The controversial jobs firm A4e, which is in danger of losing £400million-worth of Government contracts, has employed lobbyist George Bridges, a personal friend of Chancellor George Osborne.

    Old Etonian Bridges helped Osborne run the Conservatives’ election campaign in 2010. Employment Minister Chris Grayling threatens to remove their contracts if A4e is found guilty of ‘systemic fraud’.

    Its multi-millionaire owner, Emma Harrison, has resigned as an adviser to David Cameron. Who better than well-connected Bridges to save her lucrative business?

    According to David Cameron’s biographers, Francis Elliott and James Hanning, there was a time when the PM might have envied George Bridges, who was four years younger but rising faster up that narrow career path for young aspirants who go from being political advisers to running the country.

    But Bridges’ political career never quite took off, and he went into public relations instead. He has now landed the job of rescuing the reputation of A4e, the company hired by the Government to find work for the unemployed, which has been hit by allegations of fraud.



    March 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

  23. Fraud-hit A4e is favourite for another lucrative state contract

    Back-to-work firm A4e, which is under investigation for fraud, is in line for another lucrative government contract – this time with the Home Office.

    Sources said yesterday that the beleaguered firm is the first choice to run a helpline advising people on discrimination issues and whether they can sue their employers.

    The revelation comes despite the fact the Department for Work and Pensions has launched an inquiry into ten welfare-to-work contracts run by A4e.

    The firm – one of the five main contractors on the Government’s £5billion Work Programme – was set up by Emma Harrison, the Prime Minister’s former ‘back-to-work’ tsar, although she has said that she is not personally involved in the inquiry.

    Mrs Harrison has quit her post as A4e’s chairman – even though she retains ownership of 85 per cent of the firm’s shares.

    The firm is now understood to be the Home Office’s first choice to become preferred bidder to run the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s helpline.

    A4e bid for the contract alongside the Citizens Advice Bureau, business processing company Vertex, and Sitel, which ran a disability helpline for the EHRC before it was taken in house.

    The Equality Advisory and Support line, which is currently run by the EHRC and is to be transferred to the Home Office, costs £2.1million a year and provides advice on people’s rights on issues covering disability, gender, race and sexuality.

    It employs 85 staff and handles 50,000 calls and 15,000 emails a year.

    Sources told the investigative journalism website Exaro that A4e had scored the highest in the bidding, making them top of the list to be awarded ‘preferred bidder’ status – even if that status has not officially yet been handed over.

    Last night Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, said: ‘This belies common sense.

    ‘There are so many question marks about this company’s competence and integrity that I can’t believe any government department is thinking of signing another contract with them.

    The Home Office should hold off from making any decision until the investigations have been completed.’

    Last month it emerged A4e had been awarded ‘preferred bidder’ for two contracts to run prison education schemes.

    A Home Office spokesman said: ‘A4e have no contracts with the Home Office or its executive agencies.

    The procurement process for the Equality Advisory and Support service is ongoing and A4e have not been made the preferred bidder for this contract.’ A4e’s entire £180million UK turnover comes from state contracts.

    The firm has faced a storm of criticism since the Mail revealed in February that Mrs Harrison paid herself an £8.6million dividend last year – despite the firm’s failure to hit Government targets for finding jobs for the unemployed.

    An internal A4e audit in 2009 found widespread allegations of fraud, including business owners being asked to sign blank jobs forms, and A4e falsely claiming that it had found positions for people and payments being claimed for applicants who only stayed in the post one day.

    In a statement, A4e said: ‘We have not been informed we are a preferred bidder. Given the process is on-going, you would not expect us to comment on the detail of our bid as it is commercially sensitive.’

    Article + Emma Harrison pic here .

    Daily Heil

    April 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

  24. It’s total corruption spewing forth from the HoCorruption, they are all in it together.


    April 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

  25. Now the Daily Star has a go at the Blessed One. Led me to wonder if there’s any other living human who could upset both the Daily Mail and the Daily Star!
    A4E isn’t always terrible. Sometimes it is just mediocre.

    As readers of this column know, I’ve been warning that A4E squeezes millions from the public sector in return for poor services for years.

    original article here:

    I’ve been through dozens of reports about A4E’s services, and I never see “excellent” marks, and only infrequently “good” ones.

    But A4e is always looking for new ways to get cash from the state – keen to get into advice and training to add to its core “benefit busting” business.

    I’ve been looking over its record in these areas. Unsurprisingly, it is unimpressive.

    In 2004 the Department for Education hired A4e to train 30,000 childminders in its Business Success for Childcare Programme. The government wanted to increase the number of childminding businesses.

    I got the government’s evaluation of A4e’s work, carried out by consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

    The top line is that the courses were “well received in general.” The “business support officers” in local councils who help childminders and the childcare staff themselves were happy to get free training.

    From then on it’s downhill.

    “Business support officers generally felt that the training was not targeted enough and that a ‘bums on seats’ approach did not result in those people attending who could benefit most.

    “The helpline received a mixed response.”

    A4e’s trainers often did not know what they were talking about.

    There were “some concerns however around their (the trainers) lack of knowledge and experience in the childcare sector.”

    There was “disappointment that the course was so textbook-based rather than grounded in experience.”

    “There were some particular subjects that the trainers were found to be weak in (eg finance) and as a result got things wrong and/or were confused about the material. This meant the training could be quite formulaic.”

    Unsurprisingly “A4e experienced a high drop-out rate from the course.”

    A4e’s failure to shine is surprising to the believers in the dynamism of the private sector. Although arguably, A4e isn’t really part of the market economy. Its £123 million turnover comes entirely from the public sector.

    Its only skill is to divert this cash into Emma Harrison’s pockets All its “innovation” centres on how to find new income streams from the government.

    Economists call this “rent seeking behaviour,” or to put it another way, A4e is a welfare scrounger. Chris Grayling claims to be worried about benefit cheats, but has given £400 million of “Work Programme” contracts to the biggest benefit cheats on the block.


    April 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    • What they never actually do is offer you a job.

      It’s their profit for your effort.

      Andrew Coates

      April 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  26. I think every one putting negative comments need to take a serious look at them selves get up and go to a4e and get a job instead of sitting at home claiming money. Emma has built her company up from nothing providing Brits with the chance to get out and get a full time income! You could all learn alot from this woman.


    June 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  27. @ Turrum
    You must be joking!

    I have responded by shopping Enemma to the benefits fraud site here:
    Great fun to be had describing the perpetrator and their crime. The nexrt time you are feeling bored at your so-called “structured job search” (and the prisoner warder isn’t looking) I suggest others do the same.


    June 19, 2012 at 7:45 am

    • If Turrum had actually read any of of these “negative comments” he or she would be aware that a lot of people are already going to A4E and getting sweet FA in the way of training or any support.”Providing Brits with the chance to get out and get a full time income”,don’t make me laugh…..


      June 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

      • Well if half the brits get off their ass the brits would have a job


        July 7, 2012 at 1:14 am

      • Zzzzz…. 🙂


        July 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

  28. You dole scroungin scummy dicks! Get a real job, will ya! You obviously have time to waste creating this site. And the money too! Perhaps I should report YOU for fraud!


    June 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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