DWP employees feel over-worked and under-staffed

The
majority of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff have thought of
resigning, a new survey shows.

The
Public and Commercial Services Union research shows that nearly three-quarters
of people (72 per cent) at the department have thought of resigning due to
overwork and a lack of staff.

The
survey comes as the DWP plans to cut up to 20 per cent of the 120,000 plus
workforce – raising fears that service levels will suffer.

Frank
Bonner, PCS national officer for the DWP, said: “It’s astonishing that the
Department for Work and Pensions is pressing ahead with these cuts when
evidence suggests that it is understaffed and that the public believe current
staffing levels should be maintained.

"The
big losers in these cuts will be pensioners, jobseekers, carers and benefit
claimants, many of them the most vulnerable in society.

“Our
members working in the DWP provide an invaluable public service, helping
thousands of people every day. We believe the public deserve public access to a
first-class service. These cuts will hit some of the most vulnerable and
disadvantaged in society, excluding the very people the Government wants to
include in society, by denying them access to vital services.”

By Quentin Reade

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