DWP boss Amber Rudd makes yet another failed attempt to celebrate her department on Twitter

Amber Rudd and the DWP logo
Emily Apple

On 19 March, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) boss Amber Rudd took to Twitter to celebrate her department’s record. Given her own record for getting thoroughly rinsed on Twitter, you might have thought Rudd had learned her lesson. But it appears she hasn’t.

Rudd tweeted:

Where to start?

There were so many problems with Rudd’s tweet that it’s hard to know where to start. From record levels of homelessness, to reliance on foodbanks and the devastation caused by Universal Credit, the list of damage done by this Conservative government is long:

Massaging the statistics

The Office for National Statistics sets out how work is defined for the purposes of employment figures:

The number of people in employment in the UK is measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and consists of people aged 16 years and over who did one hour or more of paid work per week and those who had a job that they were temporarily away from (for example, because they were on holiday or off sick).

It was therefore perhaps unsurprising that people pointed out the flaw with Rudd’s celebration of these statistics:

Other people thought there might be another reason why employment rates have gone up:

Blaming Labour – change the record!

Rudd’s “chilling reminder” about Labour also fell on deaf ears. As social media users highlighted, Labour wasn’t to blame for the state of the economy:

In fact, it was bankers that caused the financial 2008 crash, not the Labour government.

Enough is enough

One tweet managed to sum up succinctly all the problems with Rudd’s assertions:

And others found a simple visual representation the best way to express their feelings:

Conservative-led governments since 2010 have caused immense damage and the DWP has caused enormous suffering. But people won’t forget. And when a general election is eventually called, let’s hope Rudd loses her small majority and is kicked out of parliament for good.

Featured image via YouTube – BBC Newsnight / Wikimedia – UK government

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