Dad struggling to feed his children

Neil Johnson with children Harvey-Lee, three, and Paige-Marie, one
Neil Johnson with children Harvey-Lee, three, and Paige-Marie, one

A WIGAN man was struggling to feed his two young children after the firm he was working for was unable to pay him.

Neil Johnson, of Norley, is living off handouts and food parcels from Compassion in Action as he has been made redundant from Energy Saving Fund, based in Widnes.

The 21-year-old, who posted leaflets through doors, claims the firm owes him more than £500 - three weeks’ wages - and that he fears he will not be able to recover the money as he has no wage slips or paper contract.

He said: “We were paid cash in hand on various car parks every Friday, so I don’t know the company’s address.

“When I first got the job, I was told I would be paid monthly.

“But after the first month, I only got £150 cash in an envelope. That was not a month’s wage.

“I gave my bank details, and my P45 on the second week, but I was given the excuse that the accountant was very busy.

“Then we were told we were going to be made redundant and offered the chance to take another job with them, but be self-employed.

“But after all that has happened, I do not want to.

“The bosses said we should be appreciative that we had been given a job and had been taken out of long-term unemployment, but we have not been paid.

“I have no wage slips or a company reference number.”

A spokesman for the regional Trading Standards said it has not received any other complaints about the firm, and it will be investigating the matter.

Despite attempts to contact the company, no-one was available for comment.