Anger over A4e boss’s £8.6m wage

Under fire: Emma Harrison.
Under fire: Emma Harrison.
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SHEFFIELD businesswoman Emma Harrison has been criticised by MPs after being paid £8.6 million last year by the company she founded, which receives most of its work from Government contracts.

She received the payout, 300 per cent more than the previous year, although her firm, A4e, missed a target of getting 30 per cent of people enrolled on a Government training scheme into work.

A4e specialises in providing training for long-term unemployed and has the contract to run the Government’s new Work Programme.

Labour MPs Julie Elliott and Margaret Hodge criticised her pay but an A4e spokesman said payments were in line with those received by a successful entrepreneur who invested and took risks.

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg said: “I know the work of A4e very well. The payments a private company makes are something the Government cannot stop. I will be asking through the Treasury that every department in Whitehall has a very close look at whether they are getting the best value for money with companies paid through the public purse.”