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As a reward for their work kicking innocent claimants off benefit and into the gutter (or, very often, the grave), the Department for Work and Pensions is sacking 800 staff members.

No doubt the situation will be packaged up with a nice PR spiel: “Staff will be encouraged to experience first-hand the department’s programmes to return people into work.”

I wonder how many of them will be sanctioned?

I wonder how many will experience health problems but be denied sickness or disability benefits?

I wonder how many will be threatened with eviction from their homes?

I wonder how many will end up dead.

And there’s one more thing:

I wonder if I’ll ever be able to muster up any sympathy for those who do. These are the wages of sin. How did they think they would be rewarded?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today (18 August) announced plans to axe hundreds of jobs, as a direct result of planned closures to Jobcentre offices.

Under the plans announced today, 800 staff with be offered voluntary redundancy. If they refuse, however, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says the DWP is likely to impose compulsory redundancy.

Earlier this year, the Tory government revealed its intention to close more than one in 10 jobcentres around the UK, which employment minister Damian Hinds said would allow the department to focus resources “on what we know best helps people into work”.

Source: DWP announce plans to axe 800 jobs amid Jobcentre closures


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