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Newbury store makes underpay list

Debenhams, which has a shop at the Parkway, has topped the list of the companies across the UK who failed to pay minimum and national living wage.

In total there were 360 firms that were named by the HMRC that had let down their employees, with nearly 12,000 employees at Debenhams not getting paid what they were owed.

The company was hit with a £63,000 fine and forced to pay back nearly £135,000 to nearly 12,000 workers. The company said it had underpaid staff by an average £10 each in 2015 because of a “technical error in its payroll calculations.”

A spokesman for the department store said: “As a responsible employer Debenhams is committed to the national minimum wage, and as soon as the error was identified by a routine HMRC audit last year, we reimbursed all those affected. We have apologised to all our colleagues affected and have taken steps to ensure it cannot happen again.”

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