Oct 23, 2020

Nearly one in ten furloughed staff were asked to work

Nearly one in ten workers on furlough due to the pandemic have been asked to work by their boss, breaking the scheme's rules, a National Audit Office survey suggests. Intended to help those who could not work due to lockdown, the furlough scheme supported more than 9.6 million workers at its peak. "In future, the departments should do more while employment support schemes are running to protect employees and counter acts of fraud," Mr Davies said. The NAO is recommending that any future support schemes should consider how to ensure more people are eligible, if they have suffered loss of income, as well as how to prevent further fraud. "Our schemes were designed to minimise fraud from the outset and we have rejected or blocked thousands of fraudulent claims. We will not tolerate those who seek to defraud taxpayers and will take action against perpetrators, including criminal prosecution."

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