The collapse of stricken electrical chain Comet has left the taxpayer looking set to face a bill of at least £24 million, according to The Sunday Times.
A report from Comet's administrator, Deloitte, is likely to indicate that insufficient funds have been raised to pay 6,000 members of staff redundancy payments totalling £24 million.
The report suggests the Government will "probably" have to step in to ensure workers receive a payout.
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