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PCS Members Cornwall Branch

DWP Branch Cornwall

Chair - Tabitha Stafford

DWP Breaks For All

Information on taking breaks at work.


Information and updates for DWP PCS members

For members in the Cornwall Branch

Hello and welcome to the PCS branch website for members in Cornwall. We will look to feature information particularly of interest to members in our region, and highlight some of the National matters both in the news and on the main PCS website too.

If there is a story or issue you would like to see featured, or would like to hear views from the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) on a particular subject, just get in touch and we’ll see what we can do about getting a response on the site for you. You can pass requests through local reps or use the contact details on the site.

On occasion we may provide links to information on other sites, although we cannot be responsible for content on 3rd party sites. If you find any broken links please let us know.


The latest edition of Voice is available for DWP members.

In this edition, you can read:

    Outsourcing and re-let in     DWP

    Attending your AGM

    Fighting compulsory     redundancies

    Mutual benefits conference

    Silk House court members     experience

    Plymouth Old Tree Court     dispute

    Universal credit article

    National pensioners action   

To read in full follow the link below.


PCS Briefing and annexe

See here.


Sports & Leisure

We want to help you to have fun, get active, try out new hobbies or activities and experience the great diversity of our organisation.

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38 Degrees

38 Degrees brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change.

Have a look at the potential impact Of the proposed changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

A number of staff have reported they are being refused access to time off under assumed consent. Some are being refused on the basis of how many are available in their individual teams. This is wrong. If you are refused the ability to take time off under this process, let your reps know immediately.

The guidance for assumed consent includes -

“Where employees guarantee their attendance at certain times by fixing either their start or finish time, that will generate adequate resources to meet customer demand at those times. The flex arrangements above should also ensure that consent to work flexibly at the opposite, non-fixed end of the day will be assumed, with line managers overriding this assumption exceptionally.”

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If you are interested in becoming a rep, or even just to become more active in your union, let a rep know and have a chat to discuss what you can do, and what training is available. Give them a shout today!


Further Info

As always, if you would like to raise any matters with a rep, don’t hesitate to get in touch. If there’s anything you’d like to see on the site just let us know!

DWP Group on PCS website - here!

Consultative Ballot info - here!

PCS events in the SW - here!

PCS News - here!

Member Benefits - here!

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Information on this website may not reflect PCS policy. Using this site

End of year review

Prepare for your End Of Year Review

Taken from the guidance on the PCS website.

New People Performance Process

The People Performance process for 2017-18 is built on the abolition of ‘Guided Distribution’, ‘Validation’ and the ‘Must Improve’ rating and introduces:

    a rating process with four ratings – Exceptional, Good, Developing and Poor

    light touch sense checking instead of consistency checking and validation

New rating process

The rating process is summarised under People Performance Procedure 4.2:

4.2 The manager and employee should consider where an employee’s performance falls in relation to these ratings, taking into account the descriptors and the employee’s performance throughout the year against known performance expectations. The appropriate rating will always be based on a balanced consideration of the employee’s personal performance over the entire period. Most employees will fall under ‘Good’ or ‘Exceptional’. A team may have no one with a ‘Developing’ rating at the end of the year. The Good rating encompasses the widest span of performance: at this level performance could be verging on needing development or generally satisfactory.

You can read the full article here.

Support the PCS Pay Claim

29 March: sticker up - show your support for PCS payday activities

As pay talks are soon to take place with the Cabinet Office we need all members and representatives to actively support our pay campaign to keep up the pressure on pay and force the government to deliver our pay claim.

Ask your rep for a sticker, sign the petition and show you support the pay claim.

See the full article on the PCS website here.