It’s been a humiliating week for the DWP on social media. Yesterday hundreds of people used the hashtag #fakeDWPstories to take the piss out of the them after Welfare Weekly revealed that they were inventing case studies in support of benefit sanctions.
Whilst all this was taking place the DWP were desperately trying to rescue their #WEcan campaign which had also become a laughing stock on twitter. This was a shabby attempt to promote unpaid work schemes, and came with a gushing press release promising that up to 12,000 young people would be posting ‘workies’ and sharing their stories of unpaid work experience. Those 12,000 young people were supposed to come from their campaign partners Youth Employment UK (@YEUKYouth). They never turned up. Fucking kids eh.
At first glance Youth…
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