21 May 2020 18:35
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.
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