Early day motion 916

CAPITA AND THE PRIVATISATION OF PUBLIC SERVICES

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Total number of signatures: 19

Bardell, Hannah Black, Mhairi Brown, Alan Chapman, Douglas
Cunningham, Jim Edwards, Jonathan Gaffney, Hugh Gethins, Stephen
Glindon, Mary Hendry, Drew Hopkins, Kelvin Lake, Ben
Lucas, Caroline Newlands, Gavin Saville Roberts, Liz Shannon, Jim
Stephens, Christopher Thewliss, Alison Williams, Hywel

That this House notes with concern the profit warning, mounting debts and massive pension deficit of outsourcing giant Capita, a company in whose hands the Government has left the handling of personal independence payments (PIP) for millions of citizens across the UK; acknowledges the dangerous complications this may cause to the Government's own recent promise to review 1.6 million PIP claims after agreeing not to reverse the High Court judgment on mental health; further notes that under Capita the assessment process has long been deficient; observes that 62 per cent of PIP rejections are overturned by tribunals; recognises that the deserving recipients of PIP whose fate the Government has left in Capita's private hands are among the most vulnerable in society; sees the pitiful performance of successive outsourcing companies as symbolic of the degradation of the UK's public services under successive governments; and calls on the Government to end its privatisation of public services.