John D Turner raises a useful language-related issue regarding the current state of the Department for Work and Pensions.
In his article, Time to put the S(ocial) S(ecurity) back into DWP? he points out that “there is something vaguely Orwellian and misleading about the Department for Work and Pensions’ title. Either you are fit for work or on a State Pension.
“I can well imagine the average voter, with no experience of receiving social security, assuming that if you do not fit into either the work or pensions group then you must, in some way, be playing the system. There are, after all, some people around who still talk about the Social, the DSS and/or even the DHSS.
“Perhaps, changing the name to the Department for Work, Pensions and Social Security would be a small contribution towards changing attitudes towards people on sickness benefits (and lone parents on benefits not requiring them to seek work)? And, may be we could also resurrect the original Jobcentre Plus Mission Statement:
“Help for those who can work and support for those who cannot.”
It won’t happen under the current pirates, but we should certainly demand it from a future Labour administration.
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