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Belvoir Castle estate is “named and shamed” for not paying legal minimum wage

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Belvoir Castle.
Belvoir Castle.

The Duke of Rutland’s Belvoir Castle estate has today been named by the Government for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage to 57 workers.

The 16,000 acre estate near Grantham is alleged to have neglected to have paid 57 workers a total of £4,070.25.

Belvoir Castle has addressed and resolved the matter with HMRC.
Belvoir Castle spokeswoman

The estate, which is the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland and estimated to have an annual turnover of £6 million, has been named by business minister Nick Boles as part of an ongoing clampdown on companies that have not paid the legal wage.

The estate is one of 57 business nationally to be publicly listed today for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage, which currently stands at £6.50 an hour for adults over 21.

The entry on the list, which is headed National Minimum Wage Offenders Named and Shamed, reads: “The 9th Duke of Rutland Will Trust, Belvoir Estate Trust, t/a Belvoir Castle, Grantham, neglected to pay £4,070.25 to 57 workers.”

A spokeswoman for the Belvoir Castle estate said: “Belvoir Castle has addressed and resolved the matter with HMRC and fully complies with its guidelines.”

She refused to comment further.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the failure to pay the National Minimum Wage may have occurred at different occasions for different employees.

She said she could not provide any further details.

She added: “The cases named have been thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue & Customs.”

Mr Boles. MP for Grantham and Stamford, said: “As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.

“When the new National Living Wage is introduced next April we will enforce robustly. This means that the hard-working people of the UK will get the pay rise they deserve.

He added: “From October the National Minimum Wage will increase to £6.70. Employers should be well aware of the different rates for the National Minimum Wage depending on the circumstances of their workers.

“Employers and workers can call the Acas helpline or visit gov.uk if they need information about the NMW.”

Between them, the 57 named companies owed workers over £153,000 in arrears, and span sectors including hairdressing, fashion, publishing, hospitality, health and fitness, automotive, social care, and retail.

This brings the total number of companies named and shamed under the scheme to 285 employers, with total arrears of more than £788,000 and total penalties of more than £325,000.

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