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Caroline Flint pushes BBC to apologise to stars over pay

Labour MP for Don Valley, Caroline Flint, last week led on the high-profile investigation into the BBC’s use of special contracts to pay their staff.

BBC staff were told that they would only have a presenting career at the BBC if they were paid through their own company, known as Public Service Companies (PSCs).

Presenters were forced to create their own companies by the BBC, but were later told by the BBC and HMRC that they were staff, not self-employed, as the companies suggest. As a result, they lost out on all benefits associated with a normal contract, such as maternity leave and sick pay.

The use of these companies for staff has led to around 100 presenters being investigated by HMRC.

In the inquiry with Lord Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, Flint said stars had been “hounded for not paying tax when they didn't really have a choice”.

Flint pushed Lord Hall to apologise. Lord Hall replied that he had already “directly apologised” to many affected, and said he was “happy to repeat that again today”. He stressed that since April 2017 he had aimed to work with those facing problems due to their PSC.

Said Flint, speaking after the inquiry: “Some of the people affected by this problem at the BBC are national household names. Others are working regionally on TV and radio.

“We all deserve the correct employment advice from our employer and the BBC has fallen short in support of its staff – household name or otherwise.

“It is now vital that the BBC repairs its relationships with its presenters and staff, and helps them to overcome the issues that have been raised by the introduction of Public Service Companies.”

You can watch the inquiry here

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