They just can’t help themselves, can they?
Bosses at the Job Centre in Greenock followed the example of their Tory bosses like Dominic Cummings and decided to hold boozy parties instead of handling the 12 per cent surge in Universal Credit claims.
But their abandonment of lockdown led instead to a dressing-down, and then they were frogmarched out of the office after a whistleblower informed Department for Work and Pensions bosses in London.
It seems the alleged parties took place in offices adjoining the main public reception areas of the facility at Greenock Jobcentre Plus while staff had been working from home during the lockdown period when an additional 1300 people in the area were forced to apply for Universal Credit from that office.
What a disgrace. But it is what we have come to expect from the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Daily Record quotes a ‘source’ as follows:
“The allegation is that managers in Greenock had at least two social gatherings where people were having a drink and abandoning any efforts to apply social distancing. They were effectively accused of using their work office as a place to gather socially and let their hair down, at a time when people from different households were banned from doing so.
“This will cause a lot of anger because the DWP has been sanctioning people left, right and centre in Greenock, which is an unemployment blackspot.
“There are undoubtedly going to be busy times ahead for the staff at the centre and the last thing they need is this massive dent in the public perception of them.
“You can’t have managers at such a highly charged, public-facing facility thinking it’s one rule for them and one for people who are on benefits
The DWP says an investigation is under way, which is bad news for the office bosses concerned.
They are not high-ranking enough for the Tories to want to save, and the government desperately needs to show that it can get a grip on the rule-breaking that has been rife among its people while the rest of us have been enduring lockdown and social distancing.
Heads will roll.
Source: DWP bosses suspended after allegations of boozy parties during lockdown – Daily Record
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Sack them, and then sanction them for three years for deliberately making themselves unemployed.
Incredible. The longer the Jobcentres remain closed the better. Shut them down for good, replace Universal Credit with Unconditional Basic Income, make everyone happier and save £ Billions.
Just a few disposable minor managers will be sacked and meanwhile fascist criminal Dominic Cummings has still not been charged with violating the law! But why shouldn’t minor employees at the DWP violate the law given Cummings has done so as have at least two other tory male MPs!
The fascist tory masters violate the law so naturally others will follow suit!