Are the DWP writing fake tweets about universal credit?

28 October 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been switching people to a combined benefits system which sees a merging of employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit, and housing benefit into a single payment.

Iain Duncan Smith is positive that this is a good thing, despite scrapping targets that had been previously set. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) aren't impressed though and have hit out at an alleged lack of transparency over the project's cost and failures to meet various deadlines. There's a lot of indications that the DWP's work is in trouble.

Over on Twitter, something happened that indicated that things aren't going too well.

DWP tweet

One user spotted that the DWP Press Office sent out a tweet that looked rather suspect. They said: "This doesn't look at all like the DWP trying to plant fake tweets and getting the wrong account. Nope."

It all looks rather suspect from the DWP and they deleted the tweet, but not before it was screengrabbed. Seems that people in parliament still don't understand how the internet works.

Just how many accounts the DWP are running isn't clear, but it looks like a case of positive spin in the face of mounting criticism and failures where no-one can cope with universal credit.

TOPICS:   Economy   Government

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