Welfare to Work

– A4E founders comments were taken out of context

A4e Founder blames PR company for “fantastic” cuts comment

Emma Harrison, founder of A4e, has apologised for comments made on her behalf by her public relations company.  The press release issued by Hillgrove PR asserted Ms. Harrison was pleased with the coalition-government’s welfare reform:

The coalition government’s cuts are, in fact, fantastic!  Cutting benefits will put a stop to people making a profession out of being unemployed. The Government is looking to put more effort into helping people get back to work which is the most important thing.”

However, Ms. Harrison claims that Hillgrove acted without her knowledge or consent.

“Anyone who knows me will know that I am passionate about working to lift people out of financial hardship. From the last twenty years of helping people back into work, I know that the only thing that works is ensuring people get sustainable jobs which ensure long term financial security.”


A4e are one of the biggest employment companies in the UK, taking 25 per cent of all government contracts.  Following in her father’s footsteps, Ms. Harrison set-up A4e twenty-years ago to help retrain Sheffield steel workers who had been made redundant.  Last year, A4e assisted 32, 000 people get back into work.

See Emma’s full statement…


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  4. Emma Harrison isn’t the A4e CEO.

    Is this site really independent? Taking words “out of context” isn’t the same as her not saying it. This means she didn’t ask for the press release to be done, however, did say those words. Otherwise, it would be a libel case!

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