Hundreds report employers to HMRC over furlough fraud

HMRC said it had received 795 reports of employers fraudulently using the furlough scheme
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Almost 800 people have reported their employers to HM Revenue and Customs alleging they are fraudulently claiming money from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

HMRC confirmed it has received 795 reports of potential fraud related to the furlough scheme, which was yesterday extended until the end of October. It will now assess these cases in line with its usual fraud procedures. A spokesperson said the department could not break down the numbers any further at this time.

Under the rules of the furlough scheme, workers must not complete any work for their employer in order for their role to be eligible for the grant, which covers 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

However, whistleblowing organisations have heard numerous reports from individuals that their employers are asking them to continue to work, despite receiving furlough support.

Liz Gardiner, CEO of Protect, a whistleblowing support body, told Sky News today that the organisation had received a high number of calls to its advice line on furlough fraud.

“We expect this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “In this time of unprecedented change, when people are really worried about their jobs. It’s a really difficult thing to stand up and say ‘I think you’re committing fraud and I’m going to report you’.”

Another group, WhistleblowersUK, said up to a fifth of calls had been from employees in the care sector. Its CEO Georgina Halford-Hall told Sky News: “I’m sure employers are in a very difficult situation not knowing when an invoice might be paid.

“But to put their employees, who are really dedicated to those people they have got to know in the community, in a position where they’re having to choose between committing a criminal act, or not having a job, or not look after the old people they’re caring for, it really is a disgrace, a national disgrace.”

A spokesperson for HMRC said it “is committed to ensuring the tax systems we operate are used fairly and efficiently and where necessary will take action to ensure compliance with the relevant rules, regulations and legislation that govern the UK taxation systems.

“We value all the information provided to us by members of the public aimed at helping us achieve that goal.”

HMRC urges anyone who believes their employer is fraudulently claiming CJRS support to use its digital reporting service. Any information will be treated confidentially and statistical reporting is anonymous.

Announcing the extension to the furlough scheme yesterday, which will also mean staff can return to work part-time from August, chancellor Rishi Sunak said that at least 7.5 million jobs in the UK had been placed on furlough, supporting around 1 million businesses.

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128 Responses to Hundreds report employers to HMRC over furlough fraud

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    Lady J 14 May 2020 at 10:49 am #

    Already. If found and proven guilty they should be closed down for ever and directors banned from opening even a lemonade stand at charity event.

    This is modern slavery and very disgusting.

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      Anonymous 3 Jun 2020 at 8:21 pm #

      Oh come on now, we wouldn’t want to be harsh on those company directors. They have lots of golf to be playing! 😉

      Company directors barely do anything anyway. They just take credit for the staff doing all the work. I agree entirely though but would go one step further, I’d actually give them criminal records.

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        Michelle 9 Jun 2020 at 3:11 pm #

        Interesting view… As a hard-working, non-golf playing company director myself, I agree that anyone abusing the excellent support provided by the furlough scheme should be dealt with seriously, however, I don’t think broad sweeping statements are helpful.

        I hope your workplace experiences improve in the future.

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          Jane 26 Oct 2020 at 6:10 pm #

          My company put me on furlough for 2 weeks paid me ot then called me back knto work and took it off memin my next wages saying im not entitled to it and left me with hardly anythink to live on how can this be right

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            Del Osborne 18 Nov 2020 at 4:13 pm #

            My company put me on furlough for 11 weeks at start of first lockdown, I went back to work June 8th and he’s claimed furlough ever since and I’ve been back full time!!

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          Fahd 9 Apr 2021 at 10:54 pm #

          Im terribly sorry but may i ask something.

          I work full time from 1 year now in a company with a full time salary..and also still have my full time contract in my old company i used to work for before scoring the new job, after i started at the new company my old workplace kept my contract on full time basis without doing any hours whatsoever (the company is like a family to me but not exactly) after the furlough scheme came out they told me im not entitled to it as i have no hours that i worked (even if my contract says that i have to have 40 hours a week) and im still full time on their contract and full time on my current job..

          Do you think they take my durlough pay? Or even am i entitled to it??

          Thank you and sorry for bothering

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        kay kay 11 Jun 2020 at 8:28 pm #

        Totally agree mine are definitely going to get rid of staff not once in 13 weeks have i heard from.HR .looking after themselves

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          Colin Lamb 13 Jul 2020 at 2:24 pm #

          Hi…my understanding is that you have to agree with being furloughed…i openly didn’t…and it wasnt discussed.. just told your furloughed…no aggreement signed…so i believe ive been furloughed illegally…and if so is my bosses claim for furlough pay off the government illegal…fraud if you like.. tried to find out online..but can’t find anything …its personal…4 being made redundant…im one of them….

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          tanya 23 Jan 2021 at 8:31 pm #

          i was paid 2 days furlough on the23 march when i was out of work in august was told i wasint entiteled to any furlough payi think i was anyone know

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        Anon Director 24 Jun 2020 at 4:46 pm #

        It is a criminal offence, the legislation was changed in 2017.

        BTW i am a company director and i work my ass of daily, provide jobs for people and pay large tax’s to the government which helps the country through things like this.

        Rather than be look to bash people that are succeeding and helping others try and emulate them, it feels better.

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        Tan 25 Jun 2020 at 1:59 am #

        My work has paid me less during furlough pay claiming I cannot backdate my payments. Does anybody think I should contact HMRC to see if my employer claimed full furlough but paid me less??

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          Caz 22 Jul 2020 at 5:35 am #

          Hiya Tan i think im the same as you ,i rang cab and waiting on them to call me back ,good luck

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          Paul 28 Dec 2020 at 12:24 pm #

          Register with in order to see your record. You would see exactly what your employer has declared to HMRC

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            Pogelswood 3 Mar 2021 at 1:44 pm #

            Paul I was on long term sick, recieved a letter from my employer saying I was to be furloughed,but didn’t recieve any furlough money, but think they claimed furlough for me, would be able to check and find this out on the site

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        Alex 6 Jul 2020 at 6:44 pm #

        so your not or never have been a company director….

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        Rachel stock 21 Nov 2020 at 9:57 am #

        As a company director myself and many friends who are too, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at your comments. I work 100 hours a week in my business, wear an apron like my staff and get my hands dirty. I work harder than most here and look after them well. Grow up.

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      Caroline 27 Aug 2020 at 7:11 pm #

      I’m in that position now. Employer says we will get 70% furlough scheme which he will then top up to 80% but we are expected to work 5 days and only get paid the equivalent of 4 days and all he is paying us directly is 10%. I really want to report this but if I do then all 25 staff will lose our jobs. Trapped

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      Matilka 11 Mar 2021 at 10:46 pm #

      Where I can check if I am on furlough?

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    Durga 14 May 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    How to complain about forloug Because company cheating

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      Dave jones 18 Dec 2020 at 11:38 am #

      How do I report my company for claiming furlough evan now he let all staff go. We were layed off 17th dec, last furlough payment 1st Jan 2021, but he will still claim furlough till the sceme ends

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    Abdul 14 May 2020 at 9:49 pm #

    Not only asking them to work, the condition is they have to Pay them within 14 days of the claim or already paid them, some employers asking staff to claim UC while they collect money from HMRC.
    Some they ask they stop them working while claim money and not giving them.

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      Armando 15 May 2020 at 2:42 pm #

      I would like to speak with you about this , I’m in the same boat as you.

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      Ahmadzai 16 May 2020 at 3:40 am #

      Hey Abdul it’s the same thing with I didn’t get my furlough because the company I work for telling me that the furlough hasn’t been paid to you we can’t pay so I already need help to know if the company I work for it’s cheating with me any help please I really need to pay off my bills and etc please suggest anything that I can find out if the company is missing around with thanks

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        N 18 May 2020 at 8:46 pm #

        Hello my friend I’m in same position as company telling me I’m furloughed but I haven’t been paid in 7 weeks on the phone to fraud office tomorrow as I keep being told I’m getting paid but nothing yet so I’m sure he pocketed my furlough money.

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        James 12 Jul 2020 at 9:51 am #

        Hi mate if your company has furlough you they have to pay and other thing if your doing part time work for them they have to pay you the days you work and the rest comes from furlough to make up your 80%wages just go to hrmc and look it up and just tell your company your report them to hmrc keep safe

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    Baloch 14 May 2020 at 11:44 pm #

    Public should respect the government and HMRC. We should be thanks to hmrc that they look after us and our families in this hard time. Shame to the fraudster

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    Tom 15 May 2020 at 5:25 am #

    How does self employed get to work and claim furlogh . people were I live have jus received payment of it and yet still earned a full wage

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      Larry 15 May 2020 at 4:56 pm #

      Same where I live Tom
      I know some one working 7 days a week and still getting the 80%

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      Ian 31 May 2020 at 6:58 pm #

      Hi Tom, When the self employed people put in next years tax returns hmrc will find out, I would think they would have to pay it all back,Hmrc are not stupid,

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    Mimalta 15 May 2020 at 9:29 am #

    I had suspect this, my company must have clai.ed and pay less to. Prior to the clai., my rate reflected higher rate but change after the first pay and the co.pany sent a mail sayinng it was wrongly calculate. A subtraction was were made on the subsequent payment which take my wage back to next to nothing as we get paid weekly. Some colleagues even confirm zero payments reflected on their payslips. The taxes and NI deduction does not reflect on my HRMC portal, something is not right, just waiting to see how it plays out.

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      arch 18 May 2020 at 5:56 pm #

      where do you work? my company has done similar!

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    Johndmchale 15 May 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    And a jail sentence

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    Carlos Rodrigues 15 May 2020 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m a EU immigrant, living in the UK for the past 27th years, working as chef in the hospitality industry and now with corona virus I’ve been put on the furlough scheme , but the problem is that I didn’t get any payment from my current employer.

    He keeps saying that he didn’t get any payment from the government and to hold on with my rent and food.
    Personally I think it’s a ridicule excuse, considering that the government made the application as easy as possible .
    I feel like I’ve been treeded as someone who’s inferior and it’s my fault of the virus turning up in Britain .
    Carlos Rodrigues.

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      Stev 15 May 2020 at 2:32 pm #

      If you were on the payee roll, and been working and paid in February 2020 you should be getting this pay look into this it may be your employer is pocketing the cash

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        Black 15 May 2020 at 4:55 pm #

        My employer claimed and is keeping the payment and tells me there is nothing I can do about it. Well I have a surprise for him

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          Who 5 Jun 2020 at 10:04 pm #

          I’ve gone to Acas and going to a tribunal as my employer done the same

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            Colin Lamb 13 Jul 2020 at 2:30 pm #

            thats the right approach…acas…thats my next port of call…..good look…unscrupulous employers beware…we’re not stupid…we will have you…

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        Rachael Duffy 18 Jun 2020 at 3:38 pm #

        I’ve been working full time and school hols since outbreak got my wages and overtime each month now when I’m paid next week it’s furlough 80% and I can have my 20% and overtime next month surely that isn’t right need some advice

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      Ahmad 16 May 2020 at 3:42 am #

      Hey same thing with please if you know any advice let me know as well thanks

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      N 18 May 2020 at 8:49 pm #

      Hello Carlos contact acas that’s what I’ve done your entitled to it.

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    Lins 15 May 2020 at 3:20 pm #

    Can I ask…..are companies allowed to Unfurlough employees to work say 2 days then refurlough them again straight after? I was under the impression it was worked in 3 week instalments?

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      Gordy 26 Jun 2020 at 8:12 pm #

      No they can’t you must be fuloughed in three week blocks. If they are making you work after 2 days they are breaking the rules!

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    Pawan Kumar 15 May 2020 at 3:37 pm #

    People are working cash and getting furlough employers helping them some employer helping staff to uc. So many people I know

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    Employee 15 May 2020 at 4:01 pm #

    I was dismissed because refused to work when on furlough.

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      Another Employee 16 Jun 2020 at 9:17 pm #

      You need to go to tribunal and claim for unfair dismissal

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      Employee M 20 Jun 2020 at 1:41 pm #

      Can you check if employer is getting money for furlough?

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        Kelly 1 Jul 2020 at 7:24 pm #

        Did you get an answer for this?

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      Gordy 26 Jun 2020 at 8:13 pm #

      Unfair dismissal claim. See Acas!

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    Jevon Davies 15 May 2020 at 4:31 pm #

    What if your furloughed and then another employee goes and does your job.

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    Tina Newman 15 May 2020 at 4:40 pm #

    The thing is you call HMRC and they will not give you the info as ur not the employer. My company made the claim on the 20th april, my salary date is the 4th may and apparently they still haven’t recd it, until today and it’s now nearly 5PM and I still don’t have the funds. My rent is 3 weeks late, I’ve been shouted by my manager for being persistent etc. This situation is hard but there is no support with regards to the employer being able to check up on the company they work for to see if they are holding funds back. My mental health has deteriorated due to extra unnecessary stress and spending every day in the phone seeking help and trying to manage bills etc.

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      Iza 8 Jun 2020 at 12:54 pm #

      I have the same situation. My employer sent me payslip from April but he keep saying that he hasn’t got any money from hmrc yet. And it is 8thJune today. I just called hmrc and they can’t tell me anything about it but they told me I can report it on as a fraud

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    Bano 15 May 2020 at 4:42 pm #

    They government has provided for the business owners rather then the average worker. Many small business not been paid grant as landlord pays the council tax. Making him eligible for grant not the small units his rented out.
    So landlord still gets his rent from small unit holders and the grant from governmment.

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    Gulzar Issa 15 May 2020 at 8:32 pm #

    In leicester the garment manufacturers have working through the lockdown and crowded conditions no face coverings and i bet they will all be claiming the wages claiming they were closed come to nottingham road its so busy with people mahal business centre

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    Princess Buthelezi 15 May 2020 at 9:00 pm #

    My name is Princess please help me I’ve experienced the same thing with my employer.

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      Ahmed 30 May 2020 at 7:32 am #

      Contact the HMRC and report

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        Anonymous 20 Jul 2020 at 1:29 pm #

        My Company did the same thing.they called us for the job and at the end they put us on furlough payment so what about my hours I Spoke with my manager and he shout on us and the owner/directors of the company knows every thing.

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    MARUF AHMED 15 May 2020 at 9:11 pm #

    Please do not show any mercy if you catch them. @HMRC

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      Anonymous 19 May 2020 at 10:48 pm #

      I tried calling HMRC the other week to report the director, but they said they can’t do anything as I’m not in a director’s position. It can only be a director who speaks to them about it, but sadly at my workplace there’s only one director.

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        Anonymous 19 May 2020 at 10:49 pm #

        HMRC are sadly useless with this one I’m afraid to say.

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    Ahmad 16 May 2020 at 3:45 am #

    The company I work for is telling me that my furlough hasn’t been paid for the past two months but the rest of the staff works with me got paid already please let me know if anyone knows how to find out if the company I work for it’s been playing with me without paying me a penny thanks

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    Ahmad 16 May 2020 at 3:47 am #

    Stev how can you look into it if my employer pocketing my money please thanks

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      John Doe 26 May 2020 at 8:28 am #

      Call them out on Social media if possible.

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    Alex 18 May 2020 at 5:08 am #

    If I am on furlough + working normally but still getting 80% how to report my employer to pay me Extra money.

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    mark munro 18 May 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    How can i check if the recruitment agency i work for has declared me furloughed and claimed the money through the furlough scheme?
    I have been out of work for 2 and a half months specifically due to corona virus (Kuehne&Nagel greatly effected).
    The recruitment agency is saying i am not entitled to furlough because i turned down work even though i have a full time contract and have been employed for 9 months with a full time contract.
    I have received no p45and the K&N managers are saying the recruitment agency is lying and even wrote me a letter on my request saying the contract has not ended.
    Should i report for fraud?
    I honestly feel like they are claiming the money and keeping it for them selves.

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      Ian 31 May 2020 at 7:27 pm #

      All you have to do is,Login to the government furlough scheme,It will won’t your identity such as (Utr number,passport number,Or drivers licence id,National insurance number, Then you should know what you need to know

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      James 12 Jul 2020 at 10:14 am #

      Hi go on hmrc you can check if wage is pay and check your tax and national insurance
      To because they could be putting the rest in there pocket mate go on the search box on hmrc check my taxes and ni

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    Amanda 18 May 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    My employer told me that they couldnt furlough the staff because thir accountant had laid us off and yet they got a grant.surely if they got the grant then they could of furloughed us. Also i have asked for my p45 several times but they wont send it. Am i right in smelling a rat ?

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    Very fed up 19 May 2020 at 8:26 pm #

    I get paid two weeks behind last week I got two weeks furlough payout told two weeks this week where with this week it should be 3 weeks I’m owed no monye in bank i text my boss answer was got better things to do as member staff got rushed into hospital he dont know when I’m getting paid how he allowed to get furlough pay and not back date it us .new excuse waiting for furlough pay to go into his bank

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      M 13 Jun 2020 at 12:30 am #

      Hey , am.been told the same and I haven’t been payed from march until now and the company I work for is a big coffee supplier customers are the likes of Ritz hotel / Dorchester hotel/ Berkeley hotel/ mandarin oriental hotel/ and many more big hotels and other top profile restaurants like sky garden and all Bill’s restaurants and all ivy restaurants big big company I work for and all staff haven’t been furloughed and she has claimed the money

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    Anonymous 19 May 2020 at 10:45 pm #

    My boss has put us on “furlough” but he/she is still getting us to voluntarily do work. Nobody has said anything as we’re too scared. I tried calling HMRC the other week anonymously to report the director & did my bit, but they did not listen to me at all & said they can only speak the employer on the matter, This is illegal activity & needs to be dealt with. Company directors get away with so much, it’s the ones beneath who get messed around.

    If any company is caught breaching the furlough regulations, they should be struck off & the director disqualified from getting a position as a director in any other company. I’ve seen lots of directors getting fines, but to them that is a slap on the wrist. They need to be punished further.

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      Zohaib Ibrahim 30 May 2020 at 9:41 pm #

      Yes, I’m having the same problem. HMRC don’t seem to care. I’ve called them 5 or 6 times but have given up. Left my details but not heard a word, the director is still walking free with (I bet) a smug look on his face knowing he’s able to exploit us & get away with it. Guilty as anything & I even said in my forms when submitting them to HMRC that I’ve got lots of evidence of him not abiding by the furlough regulations but they haven’t once contacted me. Shame on them & shame on my employer!

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    Jarris roseller Requiz 24 May 2020 at 8:00 pm #

    If I am on furlough + working normally but still getting 80% how to report my employer to pay me Extra money.

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      Ian 31 May 2020 at 7:45 pm #

      Hi Jarris,If you have been working normally and also claimed furlough then be prepared,Hmrc will won’t the money back,You should have looked at the guidelines that who can claim furlough,

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    John Doe 26 May 2020 at 8:25 am #

    Im going through this too. Agency with holding my money. Look on your hmrc tax for this year and you will see how fraudulent your company is really. I have received payment of £350. My online hmrc account is showing iv been payed over 3k since the new tax year. Twitter/social media is a good platform to call out your employer if holding back payments. Il try this first then the fraud squad at hmrc i think. Good luck people.

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    Amelia 26 May 2020 at 9:52 am #

    I’m receiving my payslips from my work but still have not received one single furlough payment. I cannot claim any benefits either because they are sending me payslips and looks like they are paying me but after explaining to them and offering to show my bank statements as proof, they wont help me. Any one else still waiting for furlough payments?

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    Mark 28 May 2020 at 12:24 pm #

    Hi how do i find out if my employer is still claiming furlough for me as I am back at work

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      Ian 31 May 2020 at 8:15 pm #

      Hi Mark,It won’t be your problem if he or she is or not,Hmrc will punish people who committing the act fraud,Hmrc are not stupid,They will find out everything sooner than you think.So not your problem my friend, Do the crime then pay the fine

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        Anonymous 1 Jun 2020 at 11:21 am #

        Wish I could share your optimism Ian. I’ve reported the director & the company to HMRC a few times within the past 2 months via phone & their online form because we are furloughed but being told to carry out work. However, HMRC haven’t done anything. My latest payslip came through on Friday 29th May & it said I was still a furloughed employee.

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    Robert Carwardine 29 May 2020 at 2:45 am #

    My p60 says £7801.66. I worked out that 80% ÷ 12 months would give me 520 but my emoyer only gives me 316 …what can I do to find out why this is. Employer says an outside payroll company does the pay not them..i feel im being cheated.

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    russ 29 May 2020 at 8:10 am #

    My employer told me to go back to work 3 weeks into lockdown, I worked for a further 3 weeks and made a fuss about it being dangerous, he told me to go back furlough now he is paying me SSP, not a happy chappy, he is obviously ripping hmrc off.

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    Kevin 29 May 2020 at 9:31 am #

    My hours have been cut by 20% since the start of lockdown how do I find out if I have furloghed and still working.

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    John mury 29 May 2020 at 3:56 pm #

    How can i check if my boss is furloughing me and not paying me. My bennifits are suspended as they say i havent reported earnings over last month, which i cant because i havent had any pay from work

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      Angela Eunson 3 Aug 2020 at 2:44 am #

      We are the same. My husband Lost his job just before lockdown but they did not finalise the end to his contract until a few weeks ago. We applied for Universal credit straight away and We have just realised today that this month that we are getting nothing as it says on our UC account that his employer has reported paying him over £5000 !!!!! We have had nothing from them!! We have no money to pay any bills and completely worried if the UC don’t pay when we call to tell them as we have 3 children . We now assume they have been getting his furlough money for months.

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    selim apa 1 Jun 2020 at 12:10 pm #

    since 02.03.2020 i have git a sick lane and continue until 12.06.2020.i work for restaurant company(ltd.singh)temporary closed on 22.03.2020 after 4 weeks times they open for collection or home deliveries but as i m on sick lane i didnt returned my job alao even if my doctor tell me i can return my job as covid 19 rushed in i m out until end of the october as government information about furlough planning.but before open and after they open they asked me to work i said immposible regarding to my sick lane and waiting on longlist at hospital for scan…but before furlough about 15th of the march company reported to hmrc 1365£ income related me.but i work for him part time and raffly 610 £ between 620£.however apparently he s done this grabb more money with my name as a furlough %80 percent after mr.rishy sunak information about employers and employees.but company first furlough payment was on 8th of may after 47 days later only 534£ .i wrote him by whats up a lot regarding matter also he s reporting hmrc he shows on my payslip that hes paying me sick lane (ssp)but he s not giving me any penny.he didnt pay a single penny.also after all this matter universal credit stopped my benefit on march reason is company reported big amount money as my income as soon as i called universal credit they told me i should speak with my employer to fix problem and mistakes being taken,and i take this as advice i let company about it all…they said accountant mistake which is accountant wouldnt do mistake as employer reporting accountant as well unfortunately i learned this is an employer i started new fresh claim while i m not working as universal credit but on march i lost my house rent,ssp payment half from government as usually employer was covering half of my they didnt pay a penny yet.after all this matter 2 days ago i said to company owner face why you did this and i will complain about you and the company.he urgently transfer another 309£as furlough to my bank account so he know it whats he i m asking him do my payments as i need it and his business doing ok but hes not paying my ssp.also i asked him if you dont pay my money i never return my job while i love doing my job because if i return it dies mean i accepted all hus fraud and cheating on my i asked him nicely pay my money or you give me notice with also paying 2 weeks notice wages,this year (11)month holiday payment and my ssp payments with sending my i can let government know that i lost my job because i m againest my employer fraud.(company cheating)anybody can advice faster procedure or way to follow please advice me.thank you for reading and answering…

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    Tom butcher 1 Jun 2020 at 7:56 pm #

    Melbourne tea rooms in derby are making all there staff work every weekend while they are on furlough and the staff are to scared to say anything

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    Barry 2 Jun 2020 at 12:39 pm #

    Dentist everywhere are claiming furlough and making their staff work , and paying them only the furlough !
    Seems to me this profession is abusing the governments kindness

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    Irena 4 Jun 2020 at 10:02 pm #

    I have absolutely the same situation.

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    Jey 6 Jun 2020 at 1:25 am #

    Can I check if my old company is claiming furlough using my details? , as I was to be starting a new job in April when this all happened. Called my old boss to put me back on payroll as advised by HMRC but she declined. So I have been without job and no pay since end of feb. I suspect something is not right but don’t really have anyway to prove she is doing it. Would be nice to know if I could check if she is actually making any claims.

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    John Bremner 13 Jun 2020 at 6:28 pm #

    WHAT IS THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OR EMAIL ADDRESS TO REPORT AN EMPLOYER? I am pretty sure a company l know is abusing the scheme but hard to get proper contact details to report anonymously. I see Protect and Liz Gardener all over the Internet but no contact details. How are people supposed to report this when they do not have details?

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    Alan 16 Jun 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    I was being furloughed and then it stopped suddenly.My agency said that they have paid me out of their own pocket and can’t claim it back off the government 😡😤😡😒😒😒😑😒

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      sara 8 Sep 2020 at 10:57 pm #

      Alan, my employer has also claimed that he paid my furlough with his own money and now he says he wants it back! what do we do??

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    Malcolm 17 Jun 2020 at 10:45 pm #

    The company I work for have used this to cull there external sales force by putting them all on furlough at the end of March and taking email and phone access of most of them except a few favourites who were encouraged (and expected) to continue working from home and were told that they would make up the extra 20% if they did this. The others were only ever contacted by emails saying that they are looking at redundancies and also phone calls from the sales director saying that he was disappointed that they are not in touch every day. The 3 ‘favourite’ sales people are still on furlough but are answering phone calls, sending in emails and even attending work and having meetings with customers. They have been told that they are the future and their commitment will mean they have a job. Incidentally, even the MD furloughed himself for over a month but still came into the office every single day 8 till 5. I am not one of these people but I am angered by the fraud and the bullying that this company demonstrates every single day.

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      Malcolm 21 Jun 2020 at 8:35 am #

      I forgot to add that the Sales Director is also, himself, claiming furlough money from the government and UK taxpayer while still working from home and also the main office.

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    James 18 Jun 2020 at 7:06 pm #

    Ok so I’m working full time and have been since day one of lockdown, however my employers are only paying me the same amount as I’d get if I was on furlough…. as I earn over 2500 a month I’m actually only receiving 60% of my wage…. i know it’s not fair and feel I’m being used but can they legally do this?

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      James 12 Jul 2020 at 10:41 am #

      Hi no if your working full time they have to pay you your normal
      Wage mate not furlough wage if your with a union phone them
      If not go on line and look for one and also tell your company
      You want the rest of your wages if not your take them to court
      It will cast them more in the end there robbing you mate

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    Mango tree 19 Jun 2020 at 4:49 pm #

    I work for a hospitality agency full time, I was sick from the 2nd week of March, tried to claim sick pay, they accepted the sick note, told me to wait until the end of April then denied me saying, because I would be put on furlough I wasnt able to claim sick pay for those 2 weeks, though the furlough scheme payments did not cover the period I was sick. They have not sent any documentation outlining the details of their intentions with furlough or how they will be claiming on my behalf. End of April a random of money landed my account not sure what period it was for, 2 days before the 2nd payment an email was sent put stating that somehow they’ve over paid so the 2nd payment will be about 1/3 less, instead of claiming for 5 weeks they some how claimed for 8. They are also still actively operating sending out emails for jobs, constantly ringing, when I dont respond in their time frame they decide to WhatsApp me since email and calling wasnt enough. They also mentioned at the beginning of the scheme the office staff were furloughed and will not be taking any phone calls or emails from the hospitality staff but will be in touch whenever they gained information from the government. The 1st email I received was a general email sent to all the hospitality staff stating we are on furlough and to expect 1st payment end of april. I have no clue what they are claiming on my behalf or since the 2 previous payments differ if I’m getting the correct amount.

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    alberta 23 Jun 2020 at 7:27 am #

    I was furloughed in march, And in the past 12 weeks I have been paid my furlough once. My boss keeps saying he hasnt been sent any money is there anyway I can check online?

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      Tracey Banbery 26 Jun 2020 at 7:58 pm #

      My daughter has the same problem, furloughed but only received 1 payment since March, reluctant to report employer in case he genuinely hasn’t received the grant from government

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      James 12 Jul 2020 at 10:49 am #

      Hi go on hmrc go to search box
      Check how much tax & ni
      You can open a account with hmrc
      and go back years and check your taxs&ni

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    Cristina Hernandez 1 Jul 2020 at 3:49 pm #

    My employer has been paying 80% on time since march but suddenly it is 1st of July and no-one has got any payment . I don’t understand how he can say now he did not receive the money yet to pay us ,to be honest I think he is trying to push us to leave the job

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      Gary 10 Jul 2020 at 12:55 am #

      I was recently very ill with covid 19
      Ive since made a full recovery !
      After returning to work for 2weeks i was put on thurlow with 4 other guys ! My gripe is a week earlier a colleague went into hospital for a operation and was signed off for up to 6months , he was claiming ssp fot 2 weeks then my boss said he would put him on thurlow pay until he can start back at work ! Surly this isnt allowed

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    A Pereira 1 Jul 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    I think govt should put up system where every individual can see on National Insurance No how much HRMC paid every individual under CJRS.
    I think govt will do this soon.
    Because same thing happen to my brother

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    harry 1 Jul 2020 at 10:48 pm #

    i have a feeling my boss has furloughed me illegally as he wont allow me to login into my mot account since lockdown but dont know how to find out if he has! i know he has furloughed one staff member but has still been in work all through lock down! can anyone help

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    Alexandra fairhurst 4 Jul 2020 at 1:35 pm #

    i was working 30-45 hours a week.
    On my last month these hoursremained for the first 2 weeks, then the 3rd week I booked 2 days off (I received no holiday pay).

    When I came back to work at the weekend i collapsed at work at work in the cellar.
    They gave me the remainder of this time off. I had no income. I’m now earning 119.50 a week on furlough however this stopped on the 01 June 2020.

    They’ve asked me to work whilst being furloughed to “help me out”.

    I’ve asked for my payslips of my furlough however at first she said she couldn’t do them.

    I’ve asked recently for my p45 and she’s still not sent it.

    I asked when I’d be working again and she said “when there’s no social distance measures”.

    Please can anybody help me with information about this?

    I feel like they’re claiming my furlough for themselves as on June 1st.

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    Anonymous 5 Jul 2020 at 10:27 am #

    HMRC apparently stated that employers “found guilty” of furlough fraud will have to repay it back. That’s not enough, that’s a slap on the wrist. They should be giving the directors criminal records & ban them from ever becoming company directors. My scum of a director has somehow been able to extend our supposed furlough even though I reported him several times. HMRC are incompetent & anyone thinking they can rely on them, sorry but you are wasting your time.

    This furlough scheme has been done to benefit the scummy company directors. For any company directors who genuinely have had to furlough employees due to no work, I credit you but sadly a very large minority have tarred you all under the same brush. Unless they get dealt with, company directors will always have this negative image.

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    Karl Medhurst 8 Jul 2020 at 5:54 pm #

    Can anybody help me please. I wasn’t furloughed but my employers refused to furlough us. Our choice was stay and work reduced hours (35% less) or leave and claim universal credit. I stayed and worked part-time through the whole thing. Would I be eligible for the part-time furlough scheme to top up my part-time wages (80% of the difference) or does it not work like that?

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    Steve 8 Jul 2020 at 5:59 pm #

    Is there a way to find out if I have been put on furlough without being told? Don’t really trust my employers

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    Kevin Leach 14 Jul 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    My son works for Yorkshire Boilers in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, he is on furlough and has just been given his 3

    weeks notice, they have used his holiday money as part of his payment, how low, they have office staff on furlough but still work 6 hours a day.

    These shitty firms should be fined.

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    Donna O Leary 29 Jul 2020 at 10:19 am #

    I started a new company on 16th March and was furloughed the following week. I have been paid only 50% of my wages, which they say it because I had a previous job (which actually paid me more). Went to check my bank account day and no wage at all has been paid.

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    Josie 4 Aug 2020 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m returning to work soon after furlough but my employer said I can only receive 80% on return
    Is that right cause I’m working ? Worried

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    Jason Young 8 Aug 2020 at 9:28 am #

    Some of our colleagues payslips says furloughed on them. However only one person has ever been furloughed, the rest have worked all the time. The manager when challenged about the payslips being wrong said but your pay is right what’s the problem?.
    We have on many occasions had our payslips say we were sick for a day but we’re not could this be some sort of fraud?

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    Simon 13 Aug 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    What if you have a employer who hasnt registared as a employer , has 3 shops 16 staff who they cant furlough but has claimed it for himself as a self employed

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    Paul 20 Aug 2020 at 7:05 pm #

    Can you find this out if this is the case. How do you know or find out if this is happening to you work.

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    paul 25 Aug 2020 at 7:46 am #

    Maybe employers should stop stealing from the workers who make them rich

    Any employer stealing wages, holiday pay etc, should have a criminal record, and be jailed

    Sick of these greedy companies , wanting everything for nothing

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    M C 7 Sep 2020 at 10:57 pm #

    Been working from home throughout, I get 100% of my wage but my wage skip says furlough on it. Is this fraud?

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    anonymous 9 Sep 2020 at 10:27 pm #

    Im starting to feel im not alone i too have been furloughed but not told, every month regular as clock work my wages went in but at a reduced sum almost 300.00 down than my normal wage!!
    And now sept pay not paid texted boss no response, went on the system to see if anyone else is working and i found the 2 favourites working and i haven’t even been asked back to work,these bosses and directors need taking down a peg or two so they can see real worry and debt and how they have to worry about paying their mortgage or rent bills loans etc and the threat of homelessness and stop pocketing the gov cash meant for us the workers of this country that pay our ni and tax every month, its meant to support us from losing our jobs, not for you to use on your eat out nights and your fb pages. Disgusting report each employer who flouts the rules…

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    De Souza 18 Sep 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    My ex (?) Boss stated on the HMRC website that he paid me, but he didn’t pay me anything, he didn’t officially fire me, he didn’t pay me anything since March. When I asked about the money, I was threatened and humiliated, and
    Then, in May, he made excuses, while still replying to my emails, which was “waiting for the government’s response”, and I never saw the color of the money. This is absurd, in my view, because it is hurting the government, taxpayers and me too.
    I am an emigrant, with a daughter, I spent terrible moments.
    where can I make a report?

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    roisin boyd 24 Sep 2020 at 2:40 pm #

    Was told by my employer not to contact them from 16th March 2020 that they would contact me regarding Furlough. I then in turn took in on my own behalf to call every week to see what was happening. I was later told in July that there was no Furlough, how do I know if they Furloughed me or not. I have 3 children and did not receive any money from my employer or DHSS for nearly 5 months. What should I do?

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    Mrs Janel Simpson 5 Nov 2020 at 11:24 pm #

    I was being furloughed at the start then they just stopped paying me at the end of june, no one said anything until I messaged them to ask if I was going to get paid, the reply was, we are not paying anyone anymore, we have been advised to stop paying you, so that’s what we have done, now the second lockdown I have not received anything at all, is this right, can they do This, ? I am on their payroll and receive a pay slip each week, I don’t understand that they stopped furlough at the end of june when it went on until October, can anyone shed any light on this

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    Emily 12 Nov 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    I am not sure who to speak to about my ex boss, can anyone help? She made me redundant at the beginning of July and when looking at my holiday and bank holiday pay, I have been paid at a furlough rate. She also added in my holiday pay within my final pay check and included these days within that month without my permission. As I was losing my job I wanted the days earns to be paid on top of my pay, but she gave me no choice. I did not take any holiday between January to July, nor did I take the bank holidays as I was on furlough, but she has paid them to me regardless at a reduced rate. I am also aware that the other members of staff worked for her during lockdown, despite being on furlough. I thought that this was not allowed? Can anyone help and advise me where to look for help and who I should speak to about this matter as I am unemployed and out of pocket and she is taking advantage of the system.

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    S 18 Nov 2020 at 10:00 pm #

    Hi everyone
    I didn’t get any payment from gov and my employer, what do I have to do?
    I’m agency worker.

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    M 19 Nov 2020 at 6:03 pm #

    How do I sue my former employer for falsifying my and my partner’s payslips in Scotland where the Fraud Act 2006 does not apply?
    Police, Procurator Fiscal and 20+ employment lawyers refused to take the case or even to investigate!!!
    HMRC said that it had been passed to “relevant department” but didn’t confirm if they’re going to do anything about it.
    The Employment Tribunal dismissed the case as it was beyond the 3 months’ time-frame limit – what a joke!!!
    Can anyone please advise?

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    Lumi 29 Nov 2020 at 10:13 pm #

    Have anyone been in similar situation and was able to sort it out??

    I’ve been furloughed since March but it is 29 November 2020 and I didn’t receive even £1 of furlough payment (nor salary), just no payments whatsoever since March!

    When I checked gov website on income tax, it is showing that employer is paying my salary of £2066 per month, but in reality I didn’t get even £1 Since March. Nothing. Zero.

    I took the mortgage and then the loan in April, so was living on loan money all those months ( even though that loan was for house improvements) but now the money nearly ended and I don’t know what to do and also I’ll have to start paying my mortgage from next month as well and I have no money coming in.

    I definitely know that my employer is stealing all my money, so is there any way I can get those payments for all those months paid to me?
    When I spoke to my employer at first I was ignnored for a while, then I was told he hasn’t received the furlough yet and so I waited more, and then when I said that I’ll be speaking with HMRC, he told me that yes, he was receiving my money but as he has no income himself, he just spent it to pay for his business rent, bills, to live on etc!!
    This is unbelievable! But what about me???
    Is there a way that I can get my money back?

    Could anyone help please? But not with general info about what I should get etc but with info if anyone was in similar situation and if they were actually able to get their furlough money back from their employer !

    I will be very grateful for any suggestions and real valid advice that works!

    Thank you.

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    PN 3 Mar 2021 at 9:42 am #

    I have been working legally and paying my my tax. My employer only pay my furloughed money 50% from total work hours (from end of 2020 until now in March 2021) This happening to all staff, not only to me. Nobody report him. If I report him to the HMRC, I affraid I will lose my job and will not get any money during this pandemic. I have no option 😕

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    lynsey duffy 24 Mar 2021 at 9:48 pm #

    hi i got told my company was just offering me unpaid leave for my childcare. but theres so many red flags and i think they were claiming for me hoping i wouldn’t ask any questions but iam just part time so dont pay tax just now so can anyone help i want to find out but don’t know who to contact .than

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    Kris 6 Apr 2021 at 12:32 pm #

    Interesting article. However it’s not this easy.
    Even when you report wrong doings you are then made to feel like its them who are right and not you.

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    Aurelian Gheorghe 24 Apr 2021 at 6:27 am #

    It is legal for a company to send people on furlough but on the other side to employ other people?

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