Government Communications

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9 July 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In the Department for Work and Pensions we currently employ 365 staff who are classified as Government Communicators. Included in this figure is 104 staff who are employed by our agencies.

Organisation Number of GCN staff
DWP Communications 261
Group Finance 3
Jobcentre Plus 44
Child Support Agency 16
Pension, Disability and Carers Service 20
Shared Services 1
Direct Gov 20
Total 365

The Government Communications Network is open to all civil servants who mainly work in a communication role. These individuals have exclusive access to networks, events and community tools (including forums and document sharing) on the GCN website.

Other civil servants can register on the website to access communication guidance and internal vacancies.

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