At a time when disabled people are being driven from their homes due to the Bedroom Tax, DWP mandarins are being paid huge sums of our money to implement bungled welfare reforms.
The department have just released the salaries of their senior staff and there is no sign of austerity for those running beneits system. Four senior staff are paid over £150,000 a year, with Universal Credit boss Howard Shipley the highest paid at a whopping £195,000 plus. This huge salary comes despite the fact Universal Credit has been a disaster and Shiplee is believed to have spent most of the year on the sick.
The gormless civil servant in charge of the DWP, Robert Devereux, is the second highest paid, earning a minimum of £180,000 per year. This is almost 50 times more than a single adult on unemployment benefits is expected to survive on.
Outgoing IT boss Andy Nelson earnt over £175,000 in the last financial year, whilst his replacement Mayank Prakash is set to earn around £180,000. Kevin Cunnington, the Digital Transformation Director who runs the DWP website or something, earns at least £150,000. According to one website, which monitors salary trends, the average pay of an IT Director is £72,459 per year.
Not everyone at the DWP is enjoying such genorosity at our expense. A recent investigation unearthed almost 5000 staff working either directly or indirectly for the department who are not even earning the living wage of £7.65 an hour (or £8.80 in London). Many of them are cleaners or catering staff, meaning they do real jobs instead of sitting on their arses in pointless meetings all day. The harder you work, the less you get, and never has that been truer than at the DWP under Iain Duncan Smith (annual salary £134,565).
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