Peter Hain’s DWP employs numerous Special Advisers who are paid for by the taxpayer and barred from doing party political work. SpAds are Civil Servants and must abide by specific rules
laid out in a code. Yesterday the SpAds sent out a press release headlined
“TORIES AIM TO DESTROY FINAL SALARY PENSION SCHEMES“
The press release includes the line “don’t ever vote Tory”
. Guido is no expert, but he suspects that may breach the code’s requirement that “They should act in a way which upholds the political impartiality of civil servants”.
The Taxpayers Alliance keeps a hawkish eye on government waste and has made an official complaint to Sir Leigh Lewis, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Work and Pensions about the behaviour of his department’s SpAds campaigning on the public payroll for the Labour Party. Are the DWP SpAds going to blame it like their boss does on incompetence or amnesia?
Hat-tip : Taxpayers Alliance