Home Bargains creates £30m fund for staff – plus full pay to those in isolation

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Home Bargains is going above and beyond for its staff during the coronavirus pandemic - setting aside £30m to cover wages. 

The budget store has promised to pay any staff forced to self-isolate during this period.

Workers that do not need to self-isolate will also be paid two weeks’ extra salary.

A special Coronavirus Fund has been created to cope with the crisis - and Home Bargains took to Twitter to reassure staff they would receive financial support.

The statement reads: “Thank you for your amazing work during this unprecedented time.

“We want you to feel secure during this turbulent period, so we have created a £30million Coronavirus Fund to financially support you during the outbreak.

“This will include paying staff that need to self-isolate for up to two weeks by maintaining their pay during this period, and to support team members in high risk groups that need to isolate for longer periods.

“If staff do not need to self-isolate between now and December they will be paid two weeks’ extra salary, so they do not miss out.”

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Home Bargains also stated it would be taking special measures to help customers during this difficult time - especially those considered to be more vulnerable.

Stores will be placing limits on particular products to help maintain inventory.

The retailer has also asked "non-vulnerable customers" not to shop during the first hour to ensure everyone has access to the items they need.

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