The collapse of construction firm Carillion is set to cost taxpayers more than £150mln as it emerged that redundancy payments are expected to reach £65mln.
Carillion entered compulsory liquidation in January under a £1.5bn debt pile after it failed to secure a rescue deal with lenders or the government.
A unit of the Insolvency Service has made £50mln in redundancy payments to Carillion workers so far and expects to fork out a further £15mln, according to a freedom of information request by the Unite union.
That comes on top of the legal and accounting bill, which is estimated to hit more than £70mln, and other costs that are expected to top £20mln.
The National Audit Office said earlier this year, the costs related to Carillion’s demise would be £148mln.
Opposition MPS have accused the government of mishandling the company’s failure by realising its financial difficulties too late and making the situation worse by offering new contracts to lift investor confidence. They also slammed the government for leaving taxpayers to foot the bill.
Carillion had more than 190,000 employees, many working on government contracts to build schools, roads and hospitals, at the time of its collapse.