Under-fire Sheffield firm boss stands down as family champion

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ENTREPrENEUR Emma Harrison has reportedly stepped down from her role as the Government’s family champion as police probe her Sheffield-based company A4e.

The under-fire company has been making headlines after chairman Mrs Harrison received an £8.6 million pay award, followed by news of two separate police investigations and calls for an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Her decision to stand down comes after four ex-members of staff of A4e were arrested on suspicion of fraud at the company.

In a statement she said: “I have asked to step aside from my voluntary role as family champion as I do not want the current media environment to distract from the very important work with troubled families.”

A4e has contracts worth £180 million and helps run the Government’s Work Programme, a replacement for New Deal and other retraining schemes for the unemployed.

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