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Knowing what we do about the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions – and in anticipation of some further information soon to be released by This Blog – the following announcement by the DWP is in phenomenally bad taste:

Over the last three years, the Department for Work and Pensions has handed out £139.9 million in bonuses to its staff – £124.37 million of which has gone to Senior Civil servants.

In the year ending April 2015, the DWP paid out £42.1 million, slightly less than the year before when bonuses totalled £46.5 million.

The DWP has insisted that bonuses are only paid to employees whose work is consistently good or outstanding.

In response to that, the obvious question is: By whose standards?

This is the government organisation that has hounded thousands – perhaps millions – of people off of state benefits which they deserved to have, leaving more than half of the people found ‘fit for work’ by late 2012 with no income at all.

It is the organisation whose policies led to the deaths of at least two people – Michael O’Sullivan and Julia Kelly.

It is also the organisation that managed to improve its claimants’ chances of survival by suspending part of its benefit assessment procedure.

That’s right – This Blog has evidence suggesting that the number of people who died while claiming Employment and Support Allowance actually fell when repeat assessments were suspended in early 2014.

What do you think that implies about the effect of work capability assessments in general?

A full article will follow in a few hours.

Source: DWP staff received almost £140 million in bonuses over the last three years | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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