Set financial limits for those who can claim furlough

Stop the very rich from claiming furlough for their staff when they can clearly afford to sustain payments for a number of weeks/months.

Why the contribution is important

Recently we have had press coverage that some of the very rich - Peter Jones, Victoria Beckham, etc. have been furloughing their staff and expect the UK government to cover the wages bill. This is creating an even bigger divide between rich and poor and the UK/Scottish economy will take far longer to recover if we allow this practice to continue. There should be restrictions put in place that prevent employers with x millions from claiming furlough.

by lc73 on May 06, 2020 at 10:13AM

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  • Posted by Chicken May 06, 2020 at 10:31

    There should be upper limits to this and not just a broad brush of a 'given'. High salaries should be prudent enough to have savings and if they've not been; and are maxed to the hilt; then assets &/or simple belongings should be sold, albeit for a song.
  • Posted by camerj May 06, 2020 at 11:00

    100% this should be better monitored. I know of very large global companies who have furloughed their staff and one man bands who are self employed who have not yet had a penny but the larger companies received the furlough payments very promptly, when they don't need it. I know this for sure as I do payroll for one of these large companies and my son, who is self employed within the hospitality industry, has not received a penny. Again, I know his Accounts are all up to date and as they should be as I prepare them for him. I appreciate all the systems have been brought it as quickly as possible, but all of the systems need to be reviewed to make sure no-one is worse of than anyone else because of this and currently that is not the situation.
  • Posted by Soupygecko May 06, 2020 at 11:06

    Can't have rules for one and not the other. Solution is money made available to citizens not businesses
  • Posted by J5150 May 06, 2020 at 12:44

    Lockdown is not effective, after today's news that IKEA is reopening stores (DIY, coffee chains open in a lockdown) it seems that no-one is considering what can be open in a lockdown especially the Scottish Government who allow this to happen, but stop you from working, then go on about how serious things are at the daily briefing. I am (reluctantly) on furlough, my job involves environmental monitoring of water courses, usually in remote areas of the country well away from roads and people, but for some reason the Scottish Government will not permit my employer to let me work even with risk assessment and PPE but will allow you to shop where the chance of infection is greater in enclosed spaces than working in a remote outdoor unpopulated areas. The Scottish Government would rather talk about middle class activities such as Golf and fishing when people's jobs and lively hoods are at risk unnecessarily.
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