9 June 2022

Building support for our DWP jobs campaign in Parliament

PCS met with MPs yesterday (8) to update them on DWP office closures and job cuts.

Since we met with MPs in March following the announcement of over 40 DWP office closures, we have consistently warned that these would result in significant redundancies. The speed at which DWP has moved to issue "at risk of redundancy" letters supports our concerns that jobs will be lost.

MPs have been told by the minister that the employer is looking to avoid redundancies by finding redeployment elsewhere in DWP or in other government departments. However, members’ chances of redeployment are being significantly reduced because of a DWP recruitment freeze and the announcement of 91,000 civil service job cuts.

We have told MPs that workload pressures mean that DWP needs more staff, not less. The situation will be worsened if DWP goes ahead with plans to let go several thousand fixed-term appointees after a permanency exercise resulted in many fixed-term appointment staff not being given permanent contracts.

Many members will struggle to relocate to other offices and are therefore being put at risk. This was a point highlighted by Dame Rosie Winterton MP, who has met with the local branch campaigning to stop jobs being moved out of Doncaster. Dame Rosie has since met with the DWP Minister to raise concerns about the impact losing these jobs will have on the local economy and is arguing that it goes against the government’s so-called levelling up agenda. 

MPs have been raising our concerns in parliament. Grahame Morris raised the closure of Seaham processing site. He highlighted that many closures are in areas of economic deprivation that cannot afford to lose good quality public sector jobs.

PCS is continuing to engage with MPs both at national level through our cross-party PCS parliamentary group and at local level with constituency MPs.

You can support the campaign by emailing your MP and signing the petition to stop closures and defend jobs.