MPs have called on the government to publish a list of companies using the furlough scheme amid growing concern over what the Commons public accounts committee described as, "opportunistic fraud".
It is thought that this 'Covid fraud' - where furloughed workers continue working while their bosses claim the grant - could be happening in up to 34% of cases. A committee of MPs says public scrutiny of where taxpayers' money is going is "essential".
The committee also says more should be done to help the 2.9 million people who were Excluded from the furlough and income support scheme.
ExcludedUK is a non profit grassroots NGO founded to provide a platform for those denied fair and adequate financial support from the Governments COVID-19 Support schemes since the pandemic began in March. With a community of over 60,000 members across all industries, age groups and regions, we estimate that three million UK tax payers have been excluded from the same support as others, which has lead to thousands of people losing their livelihoods, careers, and homes, and sadly, for some, their lives.
ExcludedUK has been fundraising to provide urgent help and support for those affected in the forms of business and career advice, debt support and 121 counselling sessions within 48 hours. Please find more information on our website www.excludeduk.org.