Parliamentary launch for PCS booklet on future social security system

09 Jan 2019

PCS’ key recommendations for a future social security system are set out in a new booklet to be launched at the Houses of Parliament at 3pm on 22 January.

Drawing on evidence from our members and lessons from past governments, academics and campaigning organisations, we have formulated a vision that encompasses the aspirations of those who fought for the establishment of the welfare state. The booklet promotes a future system to benefit and support society’s most vulnerable people in their time of need. To achieve this vision, we believe the time has come for a Jeremy Corbyn-led government, and we welcome the opportunity to work with the main opposition in formulating a positive approach to the reform of the social security system.

Speakers at the launch include:

  • John McDonnell (Shadow chancellor)
  • Mark Serwotka (PCS General Secretary)
  • Marsha De Cordova (Shadow minister for disabled people)
  • Baroness Lister (Professor of social policy at Loughborough University)
  • Polly Toynbee (Columnist).

The meeting will be chaired by Fran Heathcote (PCS deputy president and DWP group president).

PCS members, who currently work for the Department for Work and Pensions in the delivery of Universal Credit will also be in attendance to talk about their concerns and aspirations for a future system.

Failing reform

PCS members work on the front line in the DWP – delivering benefits, assisting job seekers and supporting families through the difficulties of the government’s failing and controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit. Our members are working under increasingly difficult circumstances, with ever-increasing workloads due to the complexities of UC and additional duties placed on staff without recognition in their pay, while dealing with vulnerable claimants without adequate training – in addition to continued low pay and worsening terms and conditions.

Our members understand more than most the failures of UC. They see first-hand the devastating impact the government’s flagship social security reform has had on working families, the disabled and those suffering from mental illness, yet staff and their representatives are not consulted or regarded as key stakeholders by ministers. We believe there is an alternative approach that can be taken to reform and improve the UK’s social security system, ensuring that the most vulnerable in society have a voice and access to support rather than punitive sanctions for those who find themselves in difficulty.

If you are interested in this event or the booklet, email  


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