1. ITV Report

More than 200 employers named for underpaying their workers

14 of those listed are in the North East and North Yorkshire Credit: PA

More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers are getting around £2 million in back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today published a list of 233 businesses that underpaid workers.

14 of those listed are in the North East and North Yorkshire:

  • Nunthorpe Nurseries Group Ltd, Redcar and Cleveland TS7, failed to pay £22,831.38 to 118 workers
  • Geoff Chapman trading as North Cowton Service Station, Richmondshire DL7, failed to pay £8,229.11 to 3 workers
  • Wynyard Hall Limited trading as Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees TS22, failed to pay £6,040.05 to 3 workers
  • Eaglescliffe Gas Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS16, failed to pay £4,492.03 to 1 worker
  • Elite Hair & Beauty (North East) Limited trading as Elite Evolution, County Durham DL14, failed to pay £4,053.20 to 5 workers
  • Rockliffe Hall Limited trading as Rockliffe Hall, Darlington DL2, failed to pay £2,278.26 to 3 workers
  • Mr Gary Graham trading as Seaburn Plasterers, South Tyneside SR6, failed to pay £1,314.40 to 1 worker
  • M & M Garages Ltd, Middlesbrough TS2, failed to pay £1,141.89 to 1 worker
  • Mrs Leigh Glendinning and Miss Sasha Glendinning trading as Quaint & Quirky Tea Rooms, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, failed to pay £946.90 to 1 worker
  • CKML Limited, Northumberland NE24, failed to pay £851.46 to 2 workers
  • Playmates Private Day Nursery Limited, Hartlepool TS26, failed to pay £450.67 to 4 workers
  • Scallywags Child’s Play Limited, Hartlepool TS25, failed to pay £315.12 to 2 workers
  • Mrs Zahra Lavasani trading as Piccolo Pizza, Hambleton YO7, failed to pay £123.40 to 1 worker
  • Mr Dilwar Singh trading as Golden Fry, County Durham DH9, failed to pay £101.35 to 1 worker

As well as paying back staff the money owed, employers on the list have been fined a record £1.9 million by the government.

Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.

Since 2013, the scheme has identified £6 million back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4 million.

Margot James MP Credit: Department for Business

It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.

Today’s naming round identifies a record £2 million of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.

– Margot James MP, Business Minister

Common errors made by employers in this round included deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failure to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers.