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Now it seems DWP bosses have abandoned social distancing for boozy parties

Greenock Job Centre Plus: It may not look like a venue for wild, drunken parties but it seems that is just what has been happening there while 1,300 Universal Credit claims piled up and the rest of us endured social distancing rules that DWP bosses flouted.

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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False economies that leave the business books unbalanced

The flipside to the question I covered in ‘Where’s the benefit’ must be the harm caused by company bosses who have taken, I believe, pay rises amounting to 700 per cent over the past 20 years.

That mean they are now taking home seven times as much money from the business where they work as they would have in 1992.

Compare this with the average workers, who have received rises amounting to only 27 per cent. This means that, in 1992, they were taking home a little less than four-fifths of what they get today.

That’s a huge difference. I think we all know that bosses’ pay rises do not have any relationship with their companies’ performance, so workers are right – in my opinion – to feel resentful.

It seems to me that many employees are finding life extremely difficult now, because the amount they are paid does not cover all their outgoings and they are having to work out what they can do without. The cost of living has risen more sharply than their pay, so they are out of pocket.

This creates stress, which can create illness, which could take them out of work and turn them into a liability to the economy – as they would then be claiming benefits.

That’s bad – not only for the country but also for their company, because demoralised employees produce poor work and the company’s turnover will decrease; having to bring in and train up new workers to replace those who are leaving through ill health is time-consuming and unproductive.

Therefore, in taking the money for themselves, rather than sharing it with employees, bosses are clearly harming their own companies and the economy.

In fact, it seems to me that this is a microcosm of the larger, national economy. In order to keep more money, bosses (and the government) pay less (in the government’s case, to pay off the national deficit). This means less work gets done, and is of poorer quality (in both cases). So orders fall off and firms have to make more cutbacks (or, revenue decreases so the government makes more cutbacks in order to keep up its debt payments).

The message to bosses – and the government – is clear: Cutting back investment in people to keep money for yourselves will cripple your earning ability. Cutting even more to make up for what you lose will put you into a death spiral. You are trying to dig your way out of your own graves.

But there is an alternative.

A reasonable pay increase to employees would ensure they can pay their bills, and would also keep them happy.

Happy workers produce better results.

Better results keep businesses afloat and earn extra work for them.

That in turn creates more revenue, making it possible for bosses not only to increase their own pay but employ more people as well.

Wouldn’t that be better for everybody?

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