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Victoria Beckham came under fire earlier this month, following her decision to furlough 30 of her fashion brand’s employees.
However, the 46-year-old former Spice Girl has decided to reverse the decision to use UK taxpayer money to pay 80% of her staff’s salaries, as she is reportedly “devastated” by the backlash.
An insider hinted that the initial furlough decision wasn’t one which Victoria made personally, but one which was made by senior management and shareholders…
“The original decision to furlough wasn’t actually hers – it was more a board thing, and she was persuaded that it was the right thing to do,” a source told The Sun.
“Obviously she now realises this is wrong. Victoria realises she still has some way to go when it comes to endearing herself again with the great British public, but she is going to do her position and influence to start giving more back.”
Victoria Beckham’s company issued an official statement to confirm that she will not be using the government’s furlough scheme to cover her employee’s wages…
“Victoria Beckham Ltd has been working hard to protect its people and, while adjusting to the impact of Covid-19 and the Government lockdown, our decision to furlough a small number of our staff seemed the most appropriate option in keeping with many other businesses,” read an official statement from Victoria Beckham.
“The situation is dynamic and, with the support of our shareholders, we now believe we can navigate through this crisis without drawing from the Government furlough scheme.
“Our application was made in the best interests of trying to protect our staff, and that is still our absolute focus. We are doing everything we can to ensure we can achieve that without using Government assistance.”
Another spokesperson also weighed in about the dramatic U-turn…
“We’ve now reconsidered and we accept there’s a better way forward for our business,” they added.
“These are tough times and tough decisions and we don’t always get it right – all we can say is we are trying to protect our business and our staff.”
According to reports, Victoria Beckham has not paid herself a salary since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Do you think VB did the right thing in the end? Or do you think that, as a UK taxpayer, she had every right to use the scheme?