Welfare 21 October 2015 The DWP has launched a blue, cuddly, £8.45m mascot for workplace pensions Meet “workie”. YouTube NSSign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. A blue fluffy monster invaded the Department for Work and Pensions Twitter feed today. It stuck its head into its profile picture, and appeared in a series of toe-curling memes, including this one: ‘Pensions? Where we’re going we don’t need pensions…’ #DontIgnoreIt #BackToTheFuture https://t.co/fWkyXT9qBY pic.twitter.com/G1Pjx7P2oO — DWP Press Office (@dwppressoffice) October 21, 2015 Far from a rejected character from Monsters, Inc., the monster is at the centre of a new advertising campaign to be launched by the DWP this evening. According to the campaign's press release, "Workie, a striking physical embodiment of the workplace pension" will "change the country’s perception of pensions in the workplace". The first TV ad will be shown at 7:27pm this evening, between Emmerdale and Coronation Street. For those who just can't wait, it's already available on YouTube: Pensions Minister Baroness Altman said the campaign, accompanied by the hashtag #DontForgetIt, hopes to raise awareness of workplace pensions, which by law must be introduced by all UK employers over the next three years: This is a fun and quirky campaign but behind it lies a very serious message. We need everyone to know they are entitled to a workplace pension – and we need all employers to understand their legal responsibility to their staff, but also to feel more positive about engaging with workplace pensions. The "fun" campaign also came with a steep price tag: the DWP confirmed earlier today that it set the department back £8.45m. Luckily, savings from slashing Independent Living Fund alone would easily have covered the cost. › Conscientious objection isn’t a legitimate posture for Britain in the face of Isis ferocity Barbara Speed is comment editor at the i, and was technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman, and a staff writer at CityMetric. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!