Reward for failure: Fury as 'families tsar' awards herself £8.6 million
Emma Harrison was appointed "families champion" in December 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron, when her firm A4e was hired by the Government to get 120,000 households into work.
At the time, David Cameron said: "She has real ambition for these families and I know we can count on her to help drive this campaign forward."
It has emerged that Ms. Harrison paid herself £8.6 million from A4e - which makes all of its UK income from state contracts - despite not delivering on her claims.
Her firm had a target of getting 30 per cent of people on the "Pathways to Work" programme into a job. The Commons public accounts committee heard the success rate was just nine per cent, while A4e claimed 24.2 per cent was the final figure.
Either way, completely off the mark.
While a spokesperson claimed her payout was in line with that of a successful entrepreneur who invested and took risks, MPs are furious she has taken such a large payout for doing very little to help troubled families.
"David Cameron claims he believes there should be no such thing as reward for failure," said Labour MP Julie Elliott. "But today it emerges one of his own advisers has rewarded herself dividends worth millions of pounds despite the abysmal record her company has for delivering government contracts."
"This case raises serious questions over the credibility of this Government when it comes to ensuring there are no rewards for failure."
A huge payout and very little progress for families struggling to get back to work. What do you think?