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HMRC publishing details of furlough claims...

Am I the only one feeling slightly incensed...

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So, HMRC are going to publish deatils of employers names and their furlough claims from 1 December... in the interests of transparency...There are many businesses out there who are really struggling and surely this feels like an extra kick? Last I looked there are data protection laws in this country and claiming furlough isn't illegal... I also understand that there will be people making false claims etc but as usual isn't this a sledgehammer to crack a nut - making genuine businesses a bit fearful of making claims as their rivals, their neighbours and all and sundry can see they have had to furlough people? I'm not someone taken to ranting but I really feel this is quite shocking behaviour from HMRC..am I alone?

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Slim
By Slim
30th Nov 2020 09:15

on balance i feel the good outweighs the bad

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By Andy556
30th Nov 2020 09:24

If it puts off any companies making fraudulent claims then I'm happy with it.

Companies who genuinely need to claim shouldn't feel embarrassed as the system is there to be used if needed so nobody can judge them.

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By paul.benny
30th Nov 2020 09:46

Data protection legislation protects the personal data of natural, living people. It does not cover companies or other bodies corporate.

The data to be made public is for claims from December onwards:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus...

So what if other people can see that my company has furloughed workers. So has everyone else in the same sector and indeed so have a great many other employers.

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By SteveHa
30th Nov 2020 09:56

The people working for these businesses are natural, living people, and the fact that they have been furloughed will be easily identifiable, particularly in small businesses.

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By Jason Croke
30th Nov 2020 10:19

I think it is a mis-guided attempt at reducing fraud. The type of business owner which fiddles and frauds as a matter of course will not care, the employee who is made to work despite beign furloughed can still report this to HMRC without their boss knowing.

I suppose it does stop a scenario where you are not furloughed, you are still at work but your employer is claiming furlough, but that is likely a narrow band of traders which could be handled with more direct intervention.

But it is what it is, HMRC are going to proceed with publishing the business claiming furlough, so up to businesses to decide whether to claim or not. Ironically, if the business went into liquidation, it'd go into the London gazette for all to see anyway,.

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By paul.benny
30th Nov 2020 12:09

You'd still need additional information to identify living people with any degree of certainty.

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By SteveHa
30th Nov 2020 12:56

Not if they are the only employee.

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By Paul Crowley
30th Nov 2020 10:56

Cannot see the problem

Discussed on several prior threads

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