It leaves a nasty taste in the mouth

While millions of mothers are trying to figure out how to make ends meet, Derbyshire mother-of-four Emma Harrison paid herself a nice little dividend last year of £8.6million.

But that money didn’t come from a banking bonus it came from every other cash-strapped taxpayer in the country.

As our Government-appointed “families champion” Mrs Harrison and her company A4e has earned hundreds of millions of pounds of public money.

She was also awarded a CBE in 2010 for her community work and lauded as some sort of saint by “just call me Dave”. But it would appear that the life she has improved the most is her own.

While the working classes struggle with day to day life her austerity measures are five-star luxury and that on the back of the fact that A4e’s track record in getting people out of the welfare trap and into paid work has been described as “abysmal”.

Now four ex-employees at her company are at the centre of a series of fraud investigations. But none of this has stopped A4e from being named this week as the preferred bidder for a £15million Government contract to rehabilitate prisoners in London.

So why do we have a culture of rewarding total failure? At a time when hard-working people are hammered with pay freezes, lay-offs and redundancies, fatcats keep getting richer.

Emma Harrison is a disgraceful example of how fatcat culture has been allowed to run rampant, with none of the controls, checks and balances that ordinary people face every day.

She has subsequently stepped down as chairman of A4e having already been shamed into quitting her Government post.

Companies like hers must be stopped from ripping off the public purse.

Chris Sabian is owner of http://www.thedoginn.biz a directory for Dog Friendly Accomodation, Pubs, Beaches & More Browse the UK’s most popular directory of dog friendly accommodation, pubs, beaches and days out

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