Pub chain owner denies using taxpayer money to subsidise wages in public row with DWP over Universal Credit

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UPDATE: Both tweets deleted. Looks like this is something the DWP and some employers would rather taxpayers didn’t know about.

Probably not the best PR for a wealthy businessman to be seen publicly boasting about how he is happily using taxpayers’ money to subsidise his staff wages.

So it’s a bit strange to see this tweet from the DWP quoting the MD and owner of pub chain Whiting and Hammond bragging about how so very little he pays his staff that his workers have to rely on Universal Credit to get by:

Unfortunately for the DWP,  Whiting and Hammond are now publicly denying everything that was said in the quote.

So much so, in fact, that they have asked the DWP to take down the tweet:

Blimey. Perhaps Theresa May and the DWP are so desperate to find any support at all for their utterly disastrous and so very cruel

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