DWP in humiliating U-turn after telling universal credit claimants to work as strippers


The post which made the provocative suggestion has since been deleted. Amber Rudd is the Secretary responsible for the department, which also features Justin Tomlinson, Mims Davies, Guy Opperman, Will Quince, Baroness Stedman-Scott, Baroness Williams and Victoria Atkins as ministers. As reported by the Daily Mirror, a section entitled “work you can do”, listed “striptease artist” as part of a list of “elementary services occupations”.

It explained “dances in adult entertainment establishments” was an options as it required “no formal academic” skills.

It added: “Training is typically received on-the-job” for a role which would typically take 42 hours a week and earn the worker £350.

The website also suggests becoming a fortune teller and three different jobs working in bingo.

A DWP spokesman said: “This is inappropriate and we will immediately review this to determine why it is mistakenly listed.

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“This is not the type of employment our work coaches help people into, and since 2010 more than 75% of all new jobs created are high-skilled and full-time.”

Twitter users were outraged by the suggestion.

One wrote: “This is a complete failure in the duty of care.”

Another user said: “What the actual F**k. This is the contempt that the government holds our young women in!”

Journalist Alex Tiffin wrote: “It’s not about the job itself, perfectly valid occupation, it’s about protecting vulnerable claimants from being exploited.”

Britain has had a Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2001.

14 MPs have held the role since it’s creation: Alistair Darling, Andrew Smith, Alan Johnson, David Blanket, John Hutton, Peter Hain, James Purnell and Yvette Cooper served under the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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Iain Duncan Smith was the first Tory in the position but since his resignation in March 2016, the role has been held by Stephen Crabb, Damian Green, David Gauke, Esther McVey and Ms Rudd.



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