This is the kind of person now working for the government department that is supposed to be your safety net in times of need.
There’s racism, there’s an inference of scrounging that isn’t borne out by the evidence, and there’s a claim that this mother-of-three is “popping out kids like pigs”.
At a time when adverse discrimination of any kind – be it related to race, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or whatever – is being hotly excoriated in our politicians, particularly in the Labour Party, civil servants are getting away with this.
And this isn’t the first time a DWP operative has been found expressing such appalling views about a client.
It is a scandal. Now watch your government brush it under the carpet.
A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff member is under investigation this week after she left an answerphone message for mum of three Cecilia Garcia calling her a “scrounging b*stard” who was “popping out kids like pigs”.
Ann Goode, from the DWP Jobcentre Plus office in Bromley had called Garcia to discuss her claim for benefits after her marriage had broken down and she’d been forced to give up her job in finance to look after her three children. Garcia had been struggling to pay her rent, so she contacted the DWP to see what support she could receive.
But the answerphone message she received on 29 July left her shocked. Because what Goode didn’t realise was that she hadn’t hung up after she’d finished her intended message.
She and her colleague discuss in detail just what benefits Garcia is receiving. Goode comments that “…her cap is £253.26. That’s over £1,000 a month”. Her colleague replies “between now and then she must have managed to get herself some more benefits along the line”.
It’s then that Goode launches into her tirade. She says:
None of these names… Miss Cecilia Garcia… None of them are English names… why are we running around for these people? Do you know I resent even doing this work because if I had a person who said ‘I really want a job, I want to go on your caseload’, yes, all the time, every day of the week. But not some scrounging b*****d that’s popping out kids like pigs.
Aside from the fact that Garcia has a dual British/Mexican passport and all three of her children were born in the UK, this rant by a member of the DWP gives a shocking insight into attitudes at the department supposedly responsible for ‘social security’.
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