Departmental Dismissal

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department were dismissed for gross misconduct in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People; Minister for the South East), Department for Work and Pensions

The information about the number of staff dismissed for gross misconduct for the period April 2004 to September 2008 (the most recent date for which figures are available) is shown in the following table:

Employees dismissed in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for gross misconduct
April 2004 to March 2005 223
April 2005 to March 2006 227
April 2006 to March 2007 121
April 2007 to March 2008 202
April 2008 to September 2008 126

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Les Shaw
Posted on 23 Oct 2008 9:21 pm (Report this annotation)

That's a lot of dismissals in anyone's books. What perecentage of the total staff does this equate to - and is there a theme in the reason for dismissal?