Darwin Group refunds more than £130,000 in furlough payments

05 Oct 2020

Darwin Group has repaid thousands of pounds to HMRC previously claimed through the coronavirus job retention scheme.

We made the decision to furlough certain members of our construction team at the start of the UK’s lockdown to remain in-line with the Government’s strict home working directives, as a percentage of employees could not carry out their work.

Use of the Chancellor’s job retention scheme ensured eight construction workers could be retained throughout the pandemic – all of whom have since returned to work.

Darwin Group was recently appointed to deliver a temporary COVID-19 facility at University Hospital of Wales, following the Welsh Government’s agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to decommission the use of the Principality Stadium as a field hospital.

As a proud British company, we have taken the decision to refund all monies claimed through the job retention scheme, believing that other firms will be in a far greater need of the Government’s assistance. A total of £136,274.67 was returned to HMRC.

Charles Pierce, Managing Director at Darwin Group, said: “We are living in unprecedented times, and our strong belief in doing the right thing led us to making this important decision.

“We were very grateful for the Government’s assistance in allowing us to furlough and retain our highly-skilled construction team, but realise that it is our responsibility to give back following recent new business wins.

“Our board were unanimous on this decision and we are keen to support the Government and economic position of the country.”