Martin Lewis defended Victoria Beckham during today’s This Morning after the fashion designer came under attack for furloughing the staff of her self-titled fashion house.
The 46-year-old raised eyebrows when it was reported she’d furloughed 25 members of her staff while the former Spice Girl and her husband David Beckham have a staggering net worth of £335 million.
Piers Morgan was among her biggest critics, accusing the designer of using taxpayers’ money to ‘fund a loss-making vanity project’.
However, money-saving expert Martin urged This Morning viewers to look beyond the ‘personality politics’ and stressed furloughing staff is saving jobs.
‘What matters most is that the hard-working employees – whomever they work for, even if they work for somebody we don’t like, one of the big-name business people who are getting bad reps at the moment because they’re not doing the right thing – we need the employees to be furloughed.
‘Let’s not knock companies who are furloughing rather than making redundant,’ he told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
He continued: ‘Furloughing should not be seen as a bad thing and if we keep using that type of language then we’re going to start seeing more people on the dole queue, more people not going to be able to feed their families.’
He added: ‘It’s more important we protect the emloyees.’
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden explained on today’s Good Morning Britain the furlough scheme is there for people who need it.
The government’s furlough scheme has opened for applications today, allowing employers to apply for cash grants to pay worker’s wages at a reduced rate, through an online portal.
Experts have predicted more than 11 million people in the UK will be furloughed as a result of the pandemic and the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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