The DWP probably should have deleted this explosive tweet from 2016

The DWP logo and a shocked baby
Steve Topple

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) didn’t seem to get the memo about Twitter not forgetting awkward tweets. As a tweet it put out in 2016 is doing the rounds again. And people aren’t happy with it.

The DWP: social media stars

In May 2016, the DWP tweeted about its 90-minute, one-way commute rule. It makes claimants look for work 90 minutes away. To this day, it’s still a requirement if you want certain benefits. But of course, the DWP didn’t spin it quite like that:

Just think! You too can enjoy Candy Crush on the 90-minute trip to your minimum wage job! But the DWP small print says the rule is part of the claimant commitment. Break this rule and it may sanction you.

So, for some reason the tweet resurfaced this week. And people were still not happy with the department’s idea of commuting:

It previously defended a daily three hour commute just to get the minimum wage. But writer Alex Tiffin showed that sometimes this could be an impossible demand. Because if you live in Scotland this could mean working in the… umm… sea. Maybe the DWP should get in it, too:

Or if like me you live near Bromley, south London, you too could enjoy working in Brighton under its rules – if you take the train:

Bromely 90 minutes by public transport

If you drive, you could soak up the sun each day on the south coast, while on £7.83 an hour:

Bromley 90 minutes driving

Meanwhile, “Jo” did the sums for the daft rule:

But “Newsfox” maybe summed it all up best:

The DWP is getting more and more detached from reality by the day. So if you think its 90-minute rule is as daft as other people believe it is, tell the DWP on Twitter.

Get Involved!

– Check out the #DWPcrimes#ScrapUniversalCredit and #CrimesOfDWP hashtags on Twitter.

Featured image via Simon Law – Flickr and UK government – Wikimedia

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