It has now been 8 weeks since the furlough scheme was announced by government for the Coronavirus pandemic, while many other umbrella companies have paid their out of work contractors furlough pay, Churchill Knight have not, and despite their excuses, it has become obvious that they are not going to pay out, leaving their contractors with absolutely nothing in these difficult times.
They say - "Umbrella companies have not been told whether or not they’ll be reimbursed by the government for accrued Holiday Pay (HP) or the Apprenticeship Levy (AL). As a leading umbrella, Churchill Knight Umbrella has thousands of clients. If we were to start issuing furlough pay to later find out we will not be reimbursed for HP or the AL – we would almost certainly become insolvent within weeks."
They have not been pro active at all, not trying to find any sort of solution to the above and obviously not willing to bear any cost themselves, just blaming the government guidelines for a 'lack of clarity'.
Govt have clarified holiday pay can be reimbursed at 80% but they will not make exceptions for apprenticeship levy which they still intend to collect payments for despite covid.
I cannot call them as the phones are off while they work from home, they don't answer emails and when they do its just a copy and paste from their most recent statement.
As an umbrella company I should be protected by the JRS but my umbrella company has let me down which is totally unfair.
I am so worried and anxious and frustrated, my girlfriend works for NHS so we have some income but are struggling to get by and I am worried I will not get work for a long time.
I hope any umbrella that has not supported its clients lose all their clients and go bust, as I cannot imagine why anyone would stay with an umbrella company like that.