It’s all right for him: DWP chief quits to enjoy early retirement – after delaying it for the rest of us

Sir Robert Devereux announced that he is stepping down as the permanent secretary of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The message is clear: In Tory Britain, there’s one rule for the rank and file and a completely different one for the elite.

Sir Robert Devereux is one of the elite. He’s the civil servant who enacted the most punitive social security “reforms” (a vile euphemism for draconian attacks on the sick, the disabled and the vulnerable) on the working-class people of the United Kingdom.

And he has been well-rewarded for it – as the Daily Mail article quoted below makes clear.

So he’s cutting and running – many years before the retirement age he has forced on the rest of us including, most noticably, the WASPI women.

He can probably feel the way the wind is blowing. Time is running out for the Conservatives and a Labour administration will undoubtedly take great care to examine every act of the DWP throughout the last seven years of its blood-drenched history. Maybe he wants to be safely retired in some warm country where he can’t be caught before that happens.

Meanwhile, the rest of us continue to suffer.

The mandarin who pushed through a rise in the pension age to 68 is to retire – at just 61 years-old.

Sir Robert Devereux announced today that he is stepping down as the permanent secretary of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The senior civil servant has the biggest pension pot in Whitehall and will enjoy a retirement pot worth a staggering £1.8million.

This means the 60-year-old will get £85,000 a year and a lump sum of £245,000 when he leaves his job.

Source: Mandarin who pushed through rises in state pension age calls time on his career at age 61 with retirement pot worth £1.8million

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  1. Roland Laycock October 12, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

    So he as filled his pocket and now gets out of the game

  2. Justin October 12, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

    regardsless of whether this thing is retiring early he should be held accountable as a civil servant for his department policies, there should be no reason whether you retire or not, he like all of his lot were warned endless amount of times, still are being warned and no one is being warned that there policies are incorrect for purpose, carried out by people who qualifications or experience are dubious or motivated by greed and have a proven causual link to suicide despite we having a government that talks about zero suicide or self-harm reduction and yet has a policy that targets the most vunerable and is causing exactly that, misconduct applies to civil servant and he has some accountability for his policies and his departs actions, perhaps there is high time that the role of civil servants is looked into and if necessary clip there wings

  3. Janet October 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Wrote to Robert Devereux no reply in 25 emails and 4 letters and no response whatsoever. I am disabled wheelchair bound lady had no universal credit payments at all since January 2017.have daily Angina Attacks which could be fatal. No response either from his cohorts David Gauke and Andrew Rhodes. Despicable Tory Government does not care about disabled suffering who cannot afford medication or food Shame on you Mr Devereux

  4. JANET October 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Is Mr Devereux going to be assessed for his £85000 and £245000 ? Despicable

  5. Dez October 13, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Another job done Sir who has bent over backwards in doing Governments bidding with a vengence. How is he going to live on that paltry retirement pot Don’t worry he’ll be back on some lucrative number coining it in on the usual Government magic roundabout. I wish him well to enjoy his just rewards …. in the hereafter where his contribution to mankind will be judged at the pearly gates.

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