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Donald Trump’s firm claims up to £500,000 via Covid-19 job fund despite axing staff


The Trump Organisation has been accused of abusing the UK Government’s coronavirus furlough scheme after its flagship Scottish resort claimed up to half a million pounds in taxpayers’ money despite making scores of redundancies. The former US president’s Scottish firms have received as much as £575,000 via the UK job retention scheme over a two-month window, with at least £110,000 claimed while Mr Trump was still in office. Union officials who railed against Trump Turnberry’s “all-out assault on jobs and conditions” during the pandemic described it as a “scandal” and have called for an investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It said at least 66 jobs had been lost at Turnberry since last summer, with some staff rehired on inferior terms, which it described as an “abuse” of the emergency initiative. Mick Cash, the RMT’s general secretary, said: “It is clear to us that at the very least the principles of the job retention scheme appear to have been breached by the Trump Organisation and that should now be subjected to a detailed and forensic investigation by HMRC.”

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