UK job furlough scheme

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Tax collectors lack ambition, say MPs, as £42bn remains unpaid
Fraud and error have left ‘eye-watering’ amount owed to HMRC, says public accounts committee

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

11, Jan, 2023 @6:01 AM

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Harrods doubles MD’s pay to £2.3m despite collecting £6m in furlough support
Luxury store made profit of £51m in 2021-22 after Covid restrictions eased and tourists returned

Sarah Butler

30, Oct, 2022 @6:02 PM

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Staycation boom sees JD Group offer to repay £24m furlough support
After delayed results, firm announces profits double as Britons opt to spend more time outdoors

Sarah Butler

22, Jun, 2022 @12:53 PM

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How the narrative of full employment Britain hides the real story | Larry Elliott
If economy goes into tailspin, gap between areas with weak and strong labour markets would be exposed

Larry Elliott

22, May, 2022 @12:35 PM

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Covid support schemes left ‘open goal’ to fraudsters, says watchdog
Public Accounts Committee report says business department efforts to identify fraud came after trails had ‘long ago gone cold’

Kalyeena Makortoff

17, May, 2022 @11:01 PM

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‘Challenge’ for banks that used taxpayer cash to cover fraudulent Covid loan losses
British Business Bank to ‘call out’ lenders that failed to carry out due diligence when awarding pandemic support loans

Kalyeena Makortoff

27, Apr, 2022 @12:19 PM

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HMRC accused of ‘ignorance and inaction’ over £6bn Covid fraud
Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves condemns tax authority after billions in scam business loans written off

Rob Davies

11, Feb, 2022 @8:07 AM

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Firms handed £1.3bn in Covid contracts claimed £1m in furlough grants
Dozen UK companies given VIP fast-track contracts to supply PPE to NHS paid idled staff at taxpayers’ expense

Joseph Smith and Pamela Duncan

03, Feb, 2022 @8:21 AM

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Even Johnson's own fraud minister couldn't bear the stink of this government | Simon Jenkins
With £5bn lost to fraudulent Covid loan claims, Lord Agnew did a rare thing for a minister in 2022: he told the truth and quit, says the Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

28, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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M&S sandwich-maker Greencore could face rebellion over bonus plans
Firm plans to hand bonuses to executives despite failing to refund near-£30m it received in Covid support

Kalyeena Makortoff Banking correspondent

27, Jan, 2022 @10:29 AM

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Dividends and bonuses: the firms paying out while taking in state Covid funds
Sandwich maker Greencore the latest firm to court controversy for paying bonuses while failing to repay state Covid support

Kalyeena Makortoff

27, Jan, 2022 @9:50 AM

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Feeble oversight of UK’s Covid loan schemes was a gift to fraudsters
Analysis: Even the Treasury showed ‘little interest’ in who got handouts; now more than £4bn is missing

Rupert Neate

25, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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