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21 May 2020 18:35

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Millionaire comic Steve Coogan blasted after he furloughs gardener and housekeeper at £4million estate – The Scottish Sun

STEVE Coogan has hit back at a national newspaper after it claimed he has furloughed his gardener and housekeeper. The Sun published the story yesterday saying the Sussex actor, best known for playing comic creation Alan Partridge but also a highly-respected film star, had used the Government scheme whereby the employee is off work with the state paying 80 per cent of their wages. ALAN Partridge star Steve Coogan has furloughed the gardener and housekeeper at his £4million country pile. The wealthy comic, 54, has left the taxpayer to stump up 80 per cent of the pair's wages. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5 Millionaire comedian Steve Coogan has furloughed staff at his £4million country estate They worked full-time at leftie Coogan's estate in the South before the Covid crisis.

But earlier this year leftie Coogan, worth around £10million, boasted how he didn't "get anything for free," claiming: "I pay for everything." His two staff work full-time at his £4million home in southern England, which boasts a swimming pool and tennis court. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said last night: "The furlough scheme is to protect businesses that are suspended and can't operate during the coronavirus pandemic. "It'd be difficult to see how Steve Coogan's earning potential has been diminished. The grass is still growing in his back garden and his house still needs cleaning." He added of Jeremy Corbyn fan Coogan: "He's certainly a Conservative voter now." 5 Corbyn fan Coogan previously boasted he 'doesn't get anything for free' and 'I pay for everything' 5 Coogan's staff work full-time at his £4million home in southern England Credit: Getty Images - Getty A source said the pair did not live there and it was deemed impossible to keep working. They said: "The workers are gutted they can't make it in because of the coronavirus situation.

It was established it wouldn't be possible to continue working with the social distancing measures in place. "So Coogan took advantage of the furlough scheme while they're unable to come in." But last week new government guidance stated in-house workers such as cleaners and gardeners should go back to work. It said they must social distance where possible. 'I PAY FOR EVERYTHING' Coogan played a billionaire fashion mogul in 2019 film Greed, but this year claimed he was nothing like him. He boasted: "I pay for everything," and took a pop at other actors, claiming: "I don't get anything for free." Coogan's actions are within the law, though he joins some of Britain's richest men and women in claiming government aid.

Victoria Beckham was forced into a U-turn after furloughing her fashion firm staff despite a £355million family empire. MOST READ IN NEWS FRYING SQUAD Cop banned from police for life for stealing 7 fry-ups in first week of job WHAT THE CLUCK KFC worker, 35, harassed by colleague after she turned down request for date BEER WE GO! Brits sneak back to pubs as landlords serve takeaway pints in lockdown loophole Warning SICK ABUSE Teen says grooming gang beat, burned & drugged her in harrowing Facebook post WATER TREAT! TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive John O'Connell said: "Support should only be sought if it's really needed." Coogan did not comment on furloughing his staff. But he said: "This non-story has more to do with my legal actions against the publishers of The Sun and campaign for press reform than anything else." The Sun says HOW richly ironic that Steve Coogan's ­latest movie is called Greed.

How does a man worth £10million defend sponging off taxpayers to fund the bulk of his laid-off housekeeper and gardener's salaries? But the Government furlough system was set up as a fallback to keep people in jobs, not to protect the wealth of multi-millionaires or billionaires by paying their staff for them. Many families who can afford cleaners have dug deep to keep them solvent during this crisis. Coogan could pay his staff in full without denting even a fraction of the interest on his riches. As for the comic's risible claim that "I don't get anything for free", it's not true now, is it?

It is equally repugnant that Foxtons magnate Jon Hunt has kept his £1.4billion dry by getting the public to pay his 25 furloughed country club workers. At least Victoria Beckham changed her mind after belatedly realising from the public outcry how wrong it was for a woman as rich as she is to make a claim. Let us never forget those mega-rich celebrity hypocrites who abused the State's generosity during the Covid crisis and brought ordinary people's ruin even closer. 5 The Alan Partridge star has left the taxpayer to pay for 80 per cent of his staff's wages as social distancing wouldn't be possible Credit: BBC 5 Mel Sykes split from Steve Coogan last year as he didn't want to settle down Credit: Getty Images - Getty CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - STAY IN THE KNOW Don't miss the latest news and figures - and essential advice for you and your family. To receive The Sun's Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here. To follow us on Facebook, simply 'Like' our Coronavirus page. Piers Morgan slams Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan as 'entitled millionaires' after Tory landslide in General Election We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Piers Morgan has accused Steve Coogan of "stinking hypocrisy" over claims the Alan Partridge star has placed his gardener and housekeeper on furlough during the Covid-19 pandemic. Morgan said Coogan was "worse than Victoria Beckham" after the fashion designer performed a U-turn last month following reports that she had furloughed some of her staff. Speaking on Thursday morning's Good Morning Britain show, Morgan said Coogan needed to understand what "being a good socialist boy means". Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines "He's the great man of the people... the man who said 'I don't get anything for free, I pay for everything yet he's furloughing the gardener and housekeeper. Two people he's furloughing." Morgan, who often uses his media platforms to broadcast controversial views, added: "I think what we need is Steve Coogan reform. "I pay mine (staff), it's called doing the right thing. "This now wins the Victoria Beckham award for tone-deafness when you use government money to pay the staff." The row erupted after The Sun reported that Coogan had placed two members of his staff on the government's job retention scheme. The Independent has approached Coogan's representative for comment. Coogan is not the only celebrity to have faced criticism during the pandemic. It came after the Hell's Kitchen star took his family to a home on the Cornish coast to ride out the lockdown. Click 'I agree' to allow Verizon Media and our partners to use cookies and similar technologies to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads. We will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products. Learn more about how we use your data in our Privacy Centre. Click 'Learn more' to learn and customise how Verizon Media and our partners collect and use data. STEVE Coogan is a British actor, voice artist, comedian and screenwriter known for playing Alan Partridge. He's starred in Night at the Museum and Greed but what else do we know about him? 2 Steve Coogan began his career with Spitting Image Credit: Getty Images - Getty What is Steve Coogan's net worth? Steve Coogan is reportedly worth $12 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He earned his wealth through acting, writing and producing for film and TV, one of his biggest success being Night At The Museum. Steve's roots have always been in comedy as he started his career performing as an impressionist. Steve cites his ability to imitate so well to having a great memory for voices and sounds. He recently made the headlines due to furloughing his personal staff. His estate is worth $4 million. Coogan is one of the richest people currently claiming British aid during the pandemic, The Sun exclusively reported. How old is Steve Coogan? Steve is 54 years old. The comedian began his career in the 1980s on the satirical puppet show, Spitting Image. 2 Steve Coogan's marriage lasted 18 months Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd Who is Steve Coogan's wife? Steve was married to Caroline Hickman for 18 months. They divorced in 2005 after it emerged he had been caught with two lapdancers - due to the situation they were granted a quick divorce proceeding on the grounds that the marriage had broken down. 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