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Conservatives plan 30,000 job cuts at DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions is set to embark on a swingeing round of job cuts, according to the Financial Times, with more than a third of staff set to exit.

The FT reports that officials are planning to axe as many as 30,000 staff over the next five years as part of a new round of cuts if a Conservative government is elected.

A Labour led-Government would reportedly seek to cut 20,000 roles.

The FT estimates the DWP currently employs a full-time workforce of 83,000.

The report comes months after George Osborne pledged to make £10bn in savings from Whitehall by 2017-18, with a further £5bn-£10bn targeted by 2020.

A Cabinet Office spokesman says: “Decisions on spending reductions by department have not yet been taken. This will form part of the next Spending Round in the next Parliament.” 


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  1. Not a good situation for any of the staff concerned however it is now no different (and should be no different) to the private sector. If it is too expensive a model then it needs to be reduced – as difficult as that may be for the staff to be effected

  2. It is obviously a department that is top heavy as far as staff are concerned and it is a shame that some have to lose their job. However, at least they will not have to feel bad about having to deny qualified pensioners their annual uprating in compliance with government policy by freezing them based purely on their country of residence in retirement.
    This issue is not resolved and will be persued for as long as there are pensioners being discriminated against.
    I wonder how many people are employed answering questions about this and also dealing with the stupid system whereby any pensioner returning to the UK is entitled to their fully uprated pension, as if they were living in the UK, while temporarily resident.
    This involves phone calls, emails & letters which all have to be answered and the cheques or cash deposited in the individual’s bank which does’nt happen automatically does it ?
    This will still be happening because the Pensions Minister in his wisdom has placed clause 20 in the Pension Act that emulates the current regulation that imposes the freezing thereby denying future pensioners emigrating to a wrong country.

  3. I think this is another blow for the working classes who demand to know that people who arent working, wanting to work arent given the free ride by the government….in other words..signing on with no risk of sanction. Sad day

  4. Some of the work of the DWP is unnecessary and would release a good number of employees but the Department fails to adreess it !
    What is that you ask ?
    Well if the department were to abide by the many agreements made worldwide , one of which is the Commonwealth Charter which has it’s anniversary on 11th March, then they would grant all pensioners parity wherever they choose to live in the world and this would remove the discrimination that has been imposed on a minority of pensioners living mostly in the Commonwealth countries.
    This in turn would release the employees that have to uprate any frozen pensioner returning to the UK for a visit or to any other country where the pension is uprated (except USA).
    There would be no more queries about the freezing to be answered from either current or future pensioners.
    T.hey would not need the facilities that this anomaly ties up and much saving would be made.
    UK Government would come into line with all other countries.

  5. The government could kill two birds with one stone.
    1. They should abandon the Frozen Pension policy.
    This would give the minority 560,000 pensioners retired abroad their proper paid for pension indexation. It would stop the discrimination that has been in force for many years by successive governments.
    It would bring the UK into line with other countries operating a similar pension system.
    2. By so doing, they would then have no requirement for the staff, facilities and workplace which houses those who deal with the many complaints, questions and answers that must run into thousands caused by the freezing policy mentioned in 1.
    By implementing the changes in 1 and 2 the UK would be honoring their commitment stated in the Commonwealth Charter which was signed 2 years ago on 11th March 2013 and complying with the many the agreements worldwide such as the OECD and UN plus others.
    They count cost as being the reason that they cannot uprate these pensioners but with these changes made plus the benefit of the pensioners not receiving the many benefits available plus the NHS & Prescription costs then the ultimate cost would in fact be a gain.

  6. hankachef nylonyank 1st June 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Will those made redundant be required to go mandatory on to the Work programme with Seetec or face been sanction like the rest of us or work at Tesco or Amazon on a zero hour contract at minimum pay and the bus fare of £10 per day taken from your pay, just to get the out of work figure down too.
    Or I we all going to be employed(owned) by Serco on the Planet Serco (State), ?

  7. hankachef nylonyank 1st June 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Does ex-DWP staff out of work have to sign on at the jobcentreplus ? and put up with Jobcentreplus staff.

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