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    Hundreds of thousands of vacancies are clogging up the hospitality sector across Europe as the industry struggles to cater for the increase in tourists. France has an estimated 250,000 vacancies in restaurants and cafes, with businesses warning they are ill prepared for an influx of tourists in the summer now that Covid-19 restrictions have lifted. French businesses owners blamed president Macron's Covid furlough scheme, which allowed staff to stay at home on full pay during the pandemic. The French president himself described it as the most generous scheme in Europe. But many never went back to the industry.  Montmartre District in Paris is pictured. French businesses owners blamed president Macron's Covid furlough scheme for staff shortages, which allowed staff to stay at home on full pay during the pandemic 'We've got applicants but they're all students who have no experience and who only want to stay for the summer. So we'd have to train them, and once they've been trained, they'll leave,' said Georgio Benuzzi, 42, owner of Le Petit Josselin crêperie in the Montparnasse district of Paris. He is planning to expand...
    A COUPLE have been arrested on suspicion of claiming a whopping £3.4million in furlough and tax fraud. The multi-millionaires were investigated as part of a HMRC probe into Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme scams. 2HMRC launched a probe into furlough scheme fraudCredit: Getty 2A couple have been arrested on suspicion of illegally claiming millionsCredit: PA A 35-year-old man and 36-year-old woman, both from West Yorkshire, were also arrested in relation to suspected tax evasion worth millions. Both have since been released under investigation, with more than £6million in their bank accounts being frozen by the HMRC. The couple, who were arrested in April, are accused of defrauding the government system put in place to help those who were at risk of losing their jobs. Taxpayer Protection Taskforce Director at HMRC, Janet Alexander said: “The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is part of the collective national effort to protect jobs. "The vast majority of employers will have used the CJRS responsibly, but we will not hesitate to act on reports of abuse of the scheme or any HMRC administered Covid-19 support packages....
    The Trump Organization has been slammed for claiming up to £575,000 from the furlough scheme for its flagship Scottish resort - despite making redundancies. The former US president's Scottish firms have received over half a million pounds via the UK job retention scheme over a two-month period. While the furlough scheme has been operational since March last year, HMRC's data currently only details payments claimed by employers during December and January. It shows one resort in Turnberry, Ayrshire, received between £200,000 and £500,000, while another in Aberdeenshire received between £35,000 and £75,000, the Scotsman reported. Former President of the United States of America Donald Trump, 74, visiting his Turnberry resort in Ayrshire in June 2015 after it's $10million (£7.19 million) refurbishment RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next PICTURED: Donald Trump golfing with staunch ally Jim Jordan... Premier Inn suffered £1BILLION loss in past year due hotels... Share this article Share Union bosses slated the 'scandal' and said axing staff while claiming furlough made a 'mockery' of a scheme designed to ensure employers...
    DONALD Trump’s Scottish firms have received as much as $700,000 via Covid furlough scheme — with at least £110,000 claimed while he was in office. Union officials have railed against Trump Turnberry’s hotel in Ayr on the West Coast of Scotland, calling it "all-out assault on jobs and conditions". 3Donald Trump’s Scottish firms have received as much as $700,000 via Covid furlough schemeCredit: Reuters 3Trump Turnberry’s hotel in Ayr in West ScotlandCredit: Reuters Unions are now calling for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to investigate. The Scotsman reports former director of the Office of Government Ethics under the Obama and Trump administrations calling it a "disgrace" that UK taxpayers were "propping up" Trump’s business interests. However, there is no suggestion of impropriety on the part of Trump’s companies and they are entitled to access the furlough initiative.  Other prestigious golf resorts have claimed as much as, if not more, than his businesses. But the RMT union said the Trump Organization’s approach of "hoovering up" public money while axing staff made a "mockery" of a scheme that is aimed at...
    WORKERS spent a total of 700,000 years on furlough in 2020, shocking new research shows today. Employees on the Job Retention Scheme, championed by the Chancellor to get the nation through the worst of the pandemic, were at home for 6.4billion hours. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 1Credit: AFP And they are on track to spend another 3.3billion away from the office in 2021 as the scheme runs for another five months. The New Economics Foundation warned that once the programme comes to an end in September, 850,000 jobs could be at risk, or workers may see their hours cut. The think tank calls on ministers to change the scheme into a skills programme to stop a cliff-edge for thousands, and extend the scheme beyond September. And they say employers should have their employer contributions clashed over the summer to give businesses a helping hand in the bounce back. Alex Chapman, Senior Researcher at the New Economics Foundation, said last night: "The government is missing a trick on the furlough scheme. "They have been so...
    BILLIONAIRE tax exiles and Saudi royals have claimed millions in taxpayer-funded furlough money. Government data reveals a list of 750,000 businesses using the scheme to offset damage from Covid. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Government data showed the government of Dubai and ruler Al Maktoum took cash using the furlough schemeCredit: Getty The claimants were first shown last month when firms using furlough in December were published. Since then, new details have emerged, including Tony Blair, and golf courses owned by Donald Trump. Monaco-based Jim Ratcliffe, once the UK’s richest man, claimed up to £175,000 for two hotel businesses and a fashion firm. Two businesses owned by multimillionaire former Tory party chairman Lord Ashcroft claimed £20,000. Other billionaires whose companies have claimed tens of thousands in state support include media tycoon Len Blavatnik, the former owner of Harrods, Mohamed Al Fayed, and the newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev. Four Saudi royals received up to £55,000 for four companies, one of which manages the 2,000-acre Glympton Park estate in Oxfordshire, owned until this year by Bandar bin...
    JAMES Webster waited 358 days for a win – the fact he did is thanks to Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Had the Government not come up with furlough, the Featherstone coach may not have had a club to take charge of – same went for Oldham’s Matt Diskin. 2 Featherstone star Craig Hall was back in action after all Championship clubs had a year off the fieldCredit: DEC HAYES PHOTOGRAPHY After 51 weeks and a day, Championship sides were back in action yesterday after Covid-19 halted any 2020 ambitions last March. Some fans took advantage of the open end by looking through the fence. For Webster and Diskin, it was a small relief to only have worries on the field after what was described as ‘bloody hard work to even get here,’ but the Rovers boss knew who really enabled them to get back out. “The furlough system saved the Championship,” said Webster after Rovers’ 58-10 pre-season success, in which Ben Blackmore, Brad Day and Dean Parata scored doubles. “This time last year when Boris Johnson made the announcement we were...
    RISHI Sunak this morning sparked fears Britain's roadmap to freedom could be delayed after he extended the furlough scheme until September. The Chancellor said the wage-subsidy scheme is being kept in place for another six months because "things might change" in terms of easing lockdown. 1NINTCHDBPICT000639600999-2Credit: Sky News Speaking during a visit to Teeside port, he was asked why the multi-billion scheme isn't being wound up earlier. He said: "The approach we took with all of our support yesterday was first and foremost to make good on the promise we made a year ago. "Which was to do whatever it takes to support people, families, businesses through the crisis, and the Budget set that out. "Furlough extension was a part of that, you're right, until the end of September. And we did that for a couple of reasons. "I wanted people to have the reassurance that we were 'going long', beyond the end of the road map, because of course things might change. "We wanted to accommodate even the most cautious view of exiting from the restrictions. "Hopefully that won't...
    RISHI Sunak is set to extend furlough in tomorrow's Budget as the minister confirms there will be a "raft of measures" made. The Chancellor is expected to include a fourth furlough scheme extension when he makes his public economic proposals tomorrow. ???? Read our Budget 2021 live blog for the latest news & updates 1Rishi Sunak is expected to extend the furlough scheme Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has signalled that Chancellor will announce the extension during his public announcement of the Budget on Wednesday. Mr Kwarteng told BBC Breakfast: "I think the Chancellor has already indicated that we will be extending furlough. "I think that has been part of a public announcement. I think there will be other measures that we will see tomorrow." The Budget will be held this week on Wednesday March 3. The Chancellor takes centre-stage as he outlines the government's plans for tax hikes, cuts and things like changes to Universal Credit and the minimum wage. Mr Sunak has already hinted that the furlough scheme is likely to be extended to the end of June. Asked on Sophy Ridge on...
    EASTENDERS legend Shane Richie claimed cash from the Government’s furlough scheme, The Sun can reveal. Official files released by HMRC reveal the I'm A Celeb star's business is among more than 600,000 firms to claim money.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   4Shane Richie took part in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here's 20th series in DecemberCredit: Rex Features It is not clear if Richie, 56, claimed the cash for himself or employees at his firm, Bluebelle Skye Productions. According to Companies House he was appointed a co-director of the business in July alongside wife Christie. It was struggling so much that it had only £4,165 in capital and before appearing on I’m A Celeb - for which he received a reported six figure fee - Richie admitted he was skint. Speaking just before entering Gwrych Castle, Shane said: “I was going on tour, doing a TV series and panto but it all got cancelled in March. Now I am literally skint! “You save for a rainy day but you don’t...
    HOLLYOAKS star Jamie Lomas used the government furlough scheme for three of his businesses during lockdown, The Sun can reveal. The 45-year-old actor plays Warren Fox in the Channel 4 soap, which he re-joined full time in January 2020 after previously quitting in 2011 and 2017. 4Jamie plays Warren Fox in HollyoaksCredit: LIMEPICTURES But he also owns multiple businesses that are separate to his acting career and employ members of staff - and these have struggled like many others amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Sun can reveal that three of Jamie's companies have claimed furlough, with the star making employee wage claims through Jamie Lomas 21, Jamie Lomas Associates, and First Take School of Acting. The businesses had six staff members between them as of latest accounts - potentially triggering a £15,000 per month pay-out from the Treasury. Jamie's companies are 318,520, 318,519 and 226,256 on the list of 740,000 businesses and individuals who made a claim in December, turning to the government scheme for support - which they are entitled to do. 4He claimed furlough for three of...
    SUPER-rich Cara Delevingne and her family have used the Covid furlough handout scheme to claim cash for their vast property empire. Britain’s wealthiest and most successful supermodel, 28, is a director of Harvey White Properties Ltd, alongside her dad Charles and her two older sisters Poppy and Chloe. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 8Supermodel Cara Delevingne and her family have claimed furlough cash for their vast property empireCredit: Jimmy Choo The business boasts a portfolio of posh homes and investments worth £45.5million, according to the firm’s most recent official accounts. Yet it appears on the Government’s newly published list of firms claiming relief as a result of the pandemic. The schemes are available to all eligible businesses, but the Delevingnes’ use of the taxpayer money is likely to raise eyebrows due to their huge wealth. Cara is estimated to be worth around £30million and earned a whopping £15.7million last year alone. Harvey White Properties is thought to employ five staff — but it is not known how many of those were put on...
    ALMOST two million people have not worked for at least six months as Covid ravages the economy, research shows. The Resolution Foundation said 1.9 million workers were unemployed or fully furloughed in January, and had been since at least July. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 41.9 million workers were unemployed or fully furloughed in JanuaryCredit: Getty Images - Getty The figures reveal the damage to the labour force which next month’s Budget must address, the think tank added. Nye Cominetti, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: "Ten months into the crisis, almost two million people have now been affected by long Covid in the labour market, having not worked for at least six months. "While the UK's economic prospects are finally looking up, job insecurity remains high, particularly among those who have spent long periods not working, or who are currently furloughed. "The Chancellor must use his Budget to set out his own road map for phasing out the furlough scheme in a way that acknowledges where the risks of rising unemployment are highest,...
    Mike Tindall's company has been claiming furlough money despite him being a member of the Royal Family with a huge personal wealth. The former England rugby star, 42, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara, has a firm to manage his speaking engagements, which have dried up during the pandemic. The company, Kimble Trading Ltd, has confirmed it claimed government aid. Accounts indicate it has only one member of staff. Mike Tindall's company has been claiming furlough despite him being a member of the Royal Family with a huge personal wealth The former England rugby star, 42, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara, missed out on speaking engagements due to the pandemic His company Kimble Trading Ltd has admitted it received the government aid earmarked for at risk companies According to The Sun, accounts for the firm, which were filed in December, said: 'The outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions imposed have led to a number of events in 2020 being cancelled. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    LOADED Lock Stock director Guy Ritchie left taxpayers footing his bar bill by using furlough cash to pay staff, a Sun on Sunday probe reveals. The pub owner, worth more than £100million, is one of several mega-rich stars and organisations using Government money to cover salaries — sparking fury from MPs. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 12Guy Ritchie used furlough cash to pay staff at his pub company 12Ritchie, married to Jacqui Ainsley-Ritchie, is worth more than £100millionCredit: PA:Press Association Others include celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, as well as steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who is worth £6.78billion. Meanwhile, union Unite used the Chancellor’s furlough scheme to pay staff at its £100million hotel. A charity which runs royal residences including Kensington Palace also received handouts. Furious MPs last night said multi-millionaires such as Ritchie have enough money to pay staff in full, as musician Ed Sheeran did. Tory Pauline Latham said: “When the scheme launched, the Chancellor was thinking of small to medium-sized business, not millionaire celebrities or wealthy unions. “This is certainly not...
    RISHI Sunak has been urged to extend the furlough scheme before the March budget to stop millions more job losses. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has issued a fresh plea to the Chancellor to keep the job retention scheme in place until June. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Rishi Sunak has been urged to extend furlough before his March budgetCredit: Simon Walker HM Treasury Mr Sunak is set to lay out his budget on March 3, but the economists have said he can't wait until then to extend support for workers and businesses. The CBI, which represents 190,000 firms in the UK, has also demanded business rates relief schemes should be kept in place for businesses which can't trade. It comes amid fears the lockdown could stretch past Easter, after Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis warned it was "too early" to say if the restrictions can be relaxed. Mr Sunak extended the furlough scheme - which pays people 80 per cent of their wages up to £2,500...
    Rishi Sunak Businesses impacted by no-deal Brexit disruption could be able to access wage support, cash grants and emergency loans already set up by Rishi Sunak to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Government sources have signalled that the eligibility of the job retention scheme, which pays 80 per cent of wages to employees who are unable to work due to covid-19, could be widened after January 1.  Similar tweaks could be made to Government-backed loans, which have already paid out £65bn, as well as emergency cash grants available to firms that have been forced to shut or have seen their trade disrupted.  In the event of no-deal, it means that firms such as car manufacturers, which face being slapped with tariffs and disruption to supply chains, could secure financial support until the end of March, when the schemes are due to end. Asked about the proposals on Monday, Business Secretary Alok Sharma told Sky News: “We are discussing all eventualities, we are having internal discussions about all of these matters. Lets see where we get to in these...
    Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting on 14 February, 2020.Barcroft Media The U.K.'s finance minister announced Thursday that the country's furlough scheme, which subsidizes workers' wages that are unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be extended to March 2021. "The economic recovery has slowed, and the economic risks are skewed to the downside," Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons, flanked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  "Given this significant uncertainty, a worsening economic backdrop and the need to give people and businesses security through the winter I believe it is right to go further. So we can announce today that the furlough scheme will not be extended for one month, it will be extended until the end of March," he said. The policy would be reviewed in January, he said, to see whether the economic situation is improving enough to ask employers to contribute more themselves to their employees. It had already been announced last weekend that the furlough scheme, or "Jobs Retention Scheme" as it's formally...
    LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of jobs hang in the balance as coronavirus cases surge in Britain and the government scales back its support for workers. Through the pandemic, a generous government salary support scheme kept unemployment in check, but it ends Saturday. It will be replaced by a less generous and more targeted program that seeks to encourage firms struggling with coronavirus restrictions, such as cinemas, pubs and restaurants, to keep workers, even if they only work one day a week. When launched in March, the Job Retention Scheme was designed to prevent mass unemployment during the lockdown, with the government effectively bankrolling firms to keep staff on payroll even though they couldn’t work. It was one of Europe’s most generous furlough schemes and helped prevent what some economists feared could be an almost immediate doubling in unemployment to 3 million, a level not reached since the early 1990s. At the pandemic’s height in May, the government was paying 80% of the wages of nearly 9 million people, or around a third of the workforce, up to...
    WORKERS in Germany will stay on furlough until the end of NEXT YEAR in a move that will cost Merkel's government £27 billion. It's hoped the mega-move will salvage the country's economy, after Germany's GDP fell by 11.7 per cent over the first six months of 2020. 4Ms Merkel's party had voiced concerns over extending the scheme - but backtracked after eight hours of discussionCredit: EPA 4Some 10 million workers were placed on the schemeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4 It comes as coronavirus restrictions in the country were further tightened as cases continue to rise. Merkel is considering extending a ban on major events to the end of the year, a draft document shows. The proposal that Merkel and the state leaders are due to discuss later on Thursday also includes a limit on private gatherings to 50 people in restaurants and similar venues and to 25 people in homes. It also calls for a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for failing to wear a mask where it is mandatory. Meanwhile, more than 10 million Germans were placed...
    LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak warned of hardship ahead on Wednesday as he set out plans to protect jobs and limit the economic impact of the coronavirus. Below are highlights of Sunak's speech to parliament. GOAL OF PLAN "Our plan has a clear goal: to protect, support and create jobs. It will give businesses the confidence to retain and hire. To create jobs in every part of our country. To give young people a better start. To give people everywhere the opportunity of a fresh start." UNEMPLOYMENT "I will never accept unemployment as an unavoidable outcome. We haven’t done everything we have so far just to step back now and say, ‘job done’. In truth, the job has only just begun." BUDGET "I can tell the House we will produce a Budget and Spending Review in the autumn. And we will deal, too, with the challenges facing our public finances. Over the medium-term, we must, and we will, put our public finances back on a sustainable footing." FURLOUGH SCHEME "Leaving the furlough scheme open forever gives people...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's so called 'new deal' lacked anything new and called for an extension of the furlough scheme for certain workers. "The prime minister promised a new deal - well there's not much that's new and it's not much of a deal," Starmer told the BBC. "It's not enough." "We need to see the furlough scheme extended where it's needed to preserve jobs," he said, such as in the hospitality, travel and some service sectors. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the U.K. furlough scheme, which has seen the government pay the wages of company employees, will end at the end of October. Speaking at the Downing Street Press briefing, Sunak said that the furlough scheme could not run "indefinitely". He said employers will be asked to start contributing towards the final phase of the eight-month scheme, and would be asked to start off with a "modest contribution." The scheme, in which the government pays 80 percent of employees wages, up to a limit of £2,500 a month, will continue as normal in June and July, however from August, employers will have pay National Insurance and employer pension contributions. In September, employers will be asked to start paying 10% of the furlough salary and 20 percent in October. This is a developing story more to follow... Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the furlough scheme will end in October. Henry Nicholls/Getty
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