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Scandal! Are These DWP Fat Cats The UK’s Biggest Benefit Scroungers?

the void

Howard Shiplee relaxes after another exhausting day spending our money. Howard Shiplee relaxes after another exhausting day spending our money.

At a time when disabled people are being driven from their homes due to the Bedroom Tax, DWP mandarins are being paid huge sums of our money to implement bungled welfare reforms.

The department have just released the salaries of their senior staff  and there is no sign of austerity for those running beneits system. Four senior staff are paid over £150,000 a year, with Universal Credit boss Howard Shipley the highest paid at a whopping £195,000 plus. This huge salary comes despite the fact Universal Credit has been a disaster and Shiplee is believed to have spent most of the year on the sick.

The gormless civil servant in charge of the DWP, Robert Devereux, is the second highest paid, earning a minimum of £180,000 per year. This is almost 50 times more than a single adult on…

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DWP Denies Urging Staff To Vote ‘No’ In Scottish Independence Referendum

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied urging civil servants to vote ‘No’ in the Scottish Independence referendum in September.

A memo written by the permanent secretary Robert Devereux sent to DWP staff reads:

“It is important that, as civil servants, we understand why the Scottish independence referendum is different from elections such as a UK General Election or a European Election.

“This is because the UK government has a clear position to maintain the Union and so it is legitimate and necessary for UK civil servants to support the government in this objective.”

A DWP spokesman said the memo set out guidance to staff on how to communicate referendum information to the public. However, the PCS said it was “poorly written, ill-judged and patronising”.

PCS Scottish Secretary Lynn Henderson said:

“This is a very sensitive issue north of the border and one in which civil servants are all too aware of from both the UK and Scottish governments’ respective positions on independence. They remain bound by the civil service code.

The wording of this memo is not only clumsy but it also seeks to blame lower-graded civil servants for not understanding the instruction on how to conduct themselves as civil servants, rather than as voting citizens in a democracy. I suspect that the intent may have backfired somewhat.”

Source –  Welfare News Service,  20 Aug 2014

http://welfarenewsservice.com/dwp-denies-urging-staff-vote-scottish-independence-referendum/