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Serco, the company which awarded a £ 108million contact tracing contract, was fined £ 2.6million for the failure of another government contract some time ago barely months, the Guardian learned.The fine, known as the service credit, was issued for breaches of an asylum seeker’s accommodation contract between September 2019 and January 2020. It followed a £ 1million fine on an asylum seeker contract. accommodation of previous asylum seeker from Serco last year.

A report by the National Audit Office last month said Serco had “failed to meet the targets of moving people to dispersed areas.” [longer-term] housing and complaints. There have been many failures on property maintenance issues in the Midlands and the East of England. ”

A memo leaked by Labor last week revealed that Public Health England had contacted Serco to help prepare for the pandemic as early as January, during the same period failures were identified in the contract of accommodation for asylum seekers.

Serco has already had to apologize after breaking the data protection rules of its test and traceability contract by inadvertently revealing the email addresses of new hires. The company has come under fire after reports revealed that contact tracers were under-occupied and numbers showing just over half of people in the same household as someone infected with Covid were identified.

Little Health Minister Edward Argar is a former Serco lobbyist. The Managing Director of Serco is Rupert Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.

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