KIERAN McARDLE says his dad died the day after his disability benefits were stopped.
THE Tory minister in charge of controversial welfare reforms is to write to the Lanarkshire teenager who blames Atos’s fit-for-work tests for his father’s death.
Heartbroken 13-year-old Kieran McArdle’s letter telling how his sick dad Brian died the day after his disability benefits stopped was hand-delivered by the Record to the Whitehall office of Iain Duncan Smith.
A Department for Work and Pensions official said: “The Secretary of State will be writing to Kieran McArdle.”
Under-fire Atos were yesterday accused of falsely claiming the support of a Scots charity as they bid for the £400million contract to carry out the assessments.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health said they had no contact with the French firm before being named as possible partners.
The charity’s Charlie McMillan said: “We are disappointed and surprised this has happened.”
Stirling Labour MP Anne McGuire called for an immediate investigation and said: “The integrity of the process is in serious doubt.”
Atos denied that the organisations named had been presented as partners.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said there was no need for a probe as the issue was not central to the award of the contract.