On this very blog, only yesterday (August 22), people were saying it’s unlikely anybody at the DWP would blow the whistle on what happens there (including the deaths of claimants) because they fear unemployment. Now we see that nearly 4,000 DWP workers have been kicked out.

If any of these people have interesting items of information that their former ministerial masters would rather keep quiet, now’s the time to make them known.

The Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised for advertising nearly 3,000 jobs on short-term contracts less than two months after shedding thousands of permanent staff.

A total of 3,824 permanent staff members across England, Scotland and Wales left under a voluntary exit scheme in late June. On Thursday, the DWP said it was looking to recruit 2,800 people to work on its “reform programmes”.

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents public sector workers, said: “It is incredible that less than two months after cutting thousands of low-paid jobs, the DWP is advertising for close to the same amount.

“Instead of constantly trying to trip up claimants, the DWP should ensure the proper resources are in place to return the department to one where sick, disabled and unemployed people are given the support they need and deserve.”

Source: DWP seeks 2,800 short-term staff weeks after shedding thousands of full-timers | Politics | The Guardian

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