DWP spends £75,000 of taxpayers' money training staff to deal with media
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government
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The Department for Work and Pensions spent £75,000 of taxpayers' money on 'media training' for its staff.
A freedom of information request by the Huffington Post UK revealed that the DWP has spent £74,074 since May 2010 training its staff how to deal with reporters and how to look good for the cameras.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Labour MP Teresa Pearce said that the £75,000 bill was a "waste of money".
She said: "I have seen no presence in my local press of Jobcentre Plus spokespeople and as the department has fully staffed press and media office, I think this is a waste of money."
A DWP spokesperson said: "This covers the cost of media training for a department of around 100,000 staff since 2010, and it's sensible that new ministers and staff who speak to the media are given initial training."