26 May 2022

PCS responds to DWP Departmental Plan 2022 – 2025

The plan appears to suggest a 12% cut in funding, but a 16% increase in benefit payouts.

Therese Coffey, secretary of state for work and pensions and Peter Schofield, the permanent Secretary invited a limited number of staff to a presentation of their departmental plan 2022 -2025, this afternoon (26).

More work, fewer staff

The plan identifies a cut in funding for staffing while at the same time introducing more work. PCS believes that the plan suggests a 12% cut in funding for staff over the 3-year period of the plan. It also suggests an increase in payments for Universal Credit, legacy benefits and pensions of 16%. This can only mean more work for less staff.

PCS condemns the plan and demands that the DWP should take a realistic approach to a likely surge in demand for services as the cost of living increases, impact of war in Ukraine and the fallout from the pandemic devastate the economy.

PCS industrial officer Mark Page said: “Once again DWP and ministers have gone to staff without proper engagement with PCS. We will demand full consultation on the plan that has huge implications for our members and the public.”

PCS conference policy

At our annual delegate conference this week a motion was passed to build for an industrial campaign, ensuring members are engaged and ready to take action to defend their jobs, the services they provide and the communities in which they live and work.

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