There’s a shocking story in The Grauniad about Emma Harrisson, the A4E boss who was a family tsar, renting out her properties for a cost of £1.7m over the course of two years. The story, which can be read here, states:
“Emma Harrison, the prime minister’s former family tsar who quit amid allegations of “fat cat” pay and fraud, received around £1.7m over two years from leasing out properties, including her family stately home, to the firm she built on the back of state-funded welfare-to-work programmes.
Records show that money was funnelled into two companies and a pension fund in which Harrison or her husband has a controlling interest.
The couple were paid £316,000 for allowing A4e to use their country home for board meetings and other events. Emma and James Harrison were paid another £1.4m for leasing out two other properties to Emma Harrison’s own firm, including its Sheffield headquarters.
The payments were in addition to Emma Harrison’s £365,000 annual salary and the payment of an £8.6m shares dividend, bringing the total earnings of the Harrisons, who share their 20-bedroom home, Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, with 11 friends, to some £11m between 2009 and 2011.”