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Last month we uncovered the shocking truth of DWP’s misuse of your money – they spent £1,436,272.08 advertising themselves on Facebook.
That was just the tip of the iceberg. When it came to advertising themselves outside of Facebook in 2017 they were quite willing to squander much more of your money as you can see below…
Sub total £10,768,963.77
Now let’s remind ourselves what they spent on Facebook..
DWP spent £12,205,235.85 taxpayers’ money advertising themselves during 2017. Forget about the NHS. This is how the Tories prefer to spend your money.
You could say (what’s left of) public sector services are in dire need of extra funds. People are dying waiting for ambulances. People are dying on trolleys in hospital corridors. Meanwhile over in the DWP they are spending taxpayers money on useless things such as advertising themselves. It beggars belief.
Our Freedom of Information request revealed in 2017 the Department of Work and Pensions spent an eye watering £1,436,272.08* advertising themselves in Facebook.
We’re not against advertising on Facebook or anywhere else per se. If public demand for information on DWP services overshadowed the need to save life we would not take issue. This is money which could have been spent saving lives. Meanwhile anyone wondering if the DWP can help with something they would google it or contact the DWP. It’s not rocket science. What do you think about this?
*On 6th February 2018 DWP informed us of an error in their figures for campaign “Encouraging people to use the Pension Wise guidance service”. The revised total Facebook spend for this was actually £359,000.33 not £332,653.25 as originally quoted. We have made the necessary adjustments above.
A disabled lady was on her way to a fit to work assessment when she received a voicemail saying it would have to be rescheduled. A few days later the DWP demanded to know why she didn’t attend. She informed them the appointment was cancelled by the assessor. DWP then cancelled her benefits because she had missed the appointment ‘without good reason’.
Incredibly at the first tier tribunal the judge took the side of the DWP. At the second tier tribunal however it took the judge just five minutes to rule in her favour.
Freedom of Information request reveals DWP’s internal target of 80% to uphold mandatory reconsiderations in their own favour.