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‘Punishing and vilifying’ sick and disabled people is making DWP staff ill

Staff at the DWP are more likely to go sick because of depression and anxiety than any other health condition, the Independent has revealed. The PCS union say that the figures show the pressures staff are under because they are obliged to spend their time ‘punishing and vilifying sick, disabled and unemployed people.

DWP staff took 112,000 days off sick because of mental health conditions in the year to 31 January 2016. This is double the number taken off for colds, flu and other diseases of the respiratory system.

Mark Serwotka of the PCS trade union told the Independent:

“This highlights the huge pressures on staff who are forced to carry out the Government's cruel policies that have turned jobcentres from places of help and support into ones of conflict and suspicion.

“DWP staff know that punishing and vilifying sick, disabled and unemployed people is not only morally wrong, it is counterproductive.”

You can read the full story at the Independent

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#6 Jim Allison 2016-05-06 20:14
There are good and bad in all professions and staff at the DWP are no exception. However, from my experience when I was a WRO and a Tribunal Member, as well as those that were not fit to do their jobs, I also came into contact with decent and honest staff employed by the DWP. Many were pushed from offices and forcibly transferred to work in offices where they had no knowledge of that particular benefit, so it comes as no surprise to me that their sickness rate is high, since they are being forced to do things that they do not agree with and causes them great stress which is the reason for sickness in many professions.

One of former moderators, who was the equivalent of Decision Maker
was forced to leave because of extreme pressure by his superiors.
+1 #5 speedy 2016-05-05 06:10
Still haven't learnt the lessons in the Whitehall study. The original Whitehall Study investigated social determinants of health, specifically the cardiovascular disease prevalence and mortality rates among British male civil servants between the ages of 20 and 64. Whitehall 2 looked at Women 20 years later and amazingly showed exactly the same results https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitehall_Study Hint it wasn't good for those lower down the packing order.

There's a brilliant documentary on youtube Stress, Portrait of a Killer - Full Documentary (2008) which goes into a lot of the above and is extremely insightful.
+1 #4 stephen t. 2016-05-04 22:33
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now they know just how we feel, my heart bleeds for them,i wonder just how many of us have been victim to the nasty DWP attitude, now they say they feel ill for how they treat us, just last week i had my invitation to claim PIP from a life award of DLA, i can tell you during the call i made to start the claim the woman was cold, no kindness at all,, so they feel ill...tough!!
I hope things work out in your favour. I get very anxious every time I see a brown envelope come through the letterbox. I have been awarded DLA indefinately. Its very much like the prison system, life only means a couple of years if your lucky.
+5 #3 stephen t. 2016-05-04 12:43
It's interesting that DWP staff can be off work sick due to depression and anxiety, but we who do actually from suffer from depression and anxiety are often classed as fit to work by these people.
+2 #2 Just Me 2016-05-03 15:41
*cough*Karma*co ugh* ;-)
+5 #1 stuart52 2016-05-03 13:04
now they know just how we feel, my heart bleeds for them,i wonder just how many of us have been victim to the nasty DWP attitude, now they say they feel ill for how they treat us, just last week i had my invitation to claim PIP from a life award of DLA, i can tell you during the call i made to start the claim the woman was cold, no kindness at all,, so they feel ill...tough!!

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