PCS has been advised by WAD management that it forecasts an oversupply of staff of about 1,400 by April 2019 due to the migration of legacy benefits to Universal Credit.
The sites selected for the VES are: Bathgate, Blackburn, Burnley, Bury St Edmunds, Chippenham, Cosham Roebuck House, Exeter, Gloucester, Greenock, Hove, Hyde, Lancaster, London Balham, Luton, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Redruth, Saltcoats, Skegness, Southend-on-Sea, St Helens, Stirling, Wellingborough, Worcester and Worthing.
Ian Pope, DWP group assistant secretary states: “Despite the major changes due to take place next year, PCS does not accept that there is a requirement to lose 433 staff given the pressure that our members working in Universal Credit are experiencing and the amount of overtime that is being worked in WAD and across Operations. Also, it makes no sense to lose 433 staff on a VES at a time when DWP is planning to recruit large numbers of new staff.”
DWP are unable to confirm what the terms of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) will be for this VES exercise, although currently the 2010 scheme is still in place. However, management has advised that if the Cabinet Office, as is expected, introduces new CSCS terms during the course of this VES, then those new terms will be the ones that apply to this VES scheme. Members will have the full details before making their final decision.
PCS intends to hold members’ meetings at all of the sites affected by the VES. Please make every effort to attend.