Department for Work and Pensions has used stock image of fake benefits claimant 'Sarah' before

The image was used on the DWP 'Daily Jobseeker' website in January, according to Google. Credit: DWP

The stock photo of a woman the Government pretended was a benefits claimant has been used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before.

On Tuesday it emerged two quotes from 'Zac' and 'Sarah' giving positive accounts of benefits sanctions were fake and the images alongside them were stock photos.

Now it can be revealed the DWP used the same image of 'Sarah' on its 'Daily Jobseeker' website.

The original post with the picture has been removed, but a cached version of the page can still be found through Google, showing it was apparently used as recently as January this year.

In that instance, the image was used in an article headlined "Standing out from the crowd", which detailed tips from recruitment experts.

The woman in the photo was not given a name in that case.

The image has been used on a leaflet and a jobseeker site by the DWP. Credit: DWP

The Daily Jobseeker is a DWP website providing CV and interview tips, information on the Universal Credit and other advice for jobseekers.

The DWP did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ITV News.

In the much-ridiculed online advice leaflet exposed as including fake content, 'Sarah' was quoted as expressing delight at having been persuaded to draw up a CV and explaining why she had had her payments docked.

The hashtag #FakeDWPStories soon began to trend on Twitter, with thousands taking delight in poking fun at the gaffe.