DWP HQ, Caxton House, London. Photo: Paul Billanie for Welfare Weekly.

Twitter users have responded angrily to a crude PR stunt by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), who tweeted a message warning couples not to “ruin Valentine’s Day by failing to declare your true circumstances”.

“Claiming to be living alone is one of the most common types of benefit fraud – don’t ruin Valentine’s Day by failing to declare your true circumstances”, the tweet read.

The Government department added: “Declaring your true love tomorrow? Don’t forget to declare your true living arrangements too.

“Don’t get separated from your Valentine. Tell us of a change now.”

SNP MP Alison Thewliss was quick to jump on the insensitivity of the tweet, tweeting: “Apparently there is no celebration that @DWP won’t try to ruin…”

She added: “Taking this opportunity also to point out that families with children from previous relationships will lose their child tax credits/UC entitlement by coming together in a new r’ship.

“Or if there are 2 children from a previous r’ship and want to have a 3rd in new r’ship.”

Others also rounded on the DWP, with one twitter user reminding the department about the benefits that remain unclaimed every year.