50p in the pound for Farepak customers
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Former Farepak customers will be paid back about half the money they
lost in the collapse of the Christmas hamper business, liquidators said
Business services firm BDO said they will make dividend payments to Farepak's creditors, including customers and agents, at the end of next month.
They confirmed that a payment of about 32p in the £1 will be made, including the £8 million which Lloyds Banking Group announced it was making available to former Farepak customers last week.
When added to the 17.5p in the pound given by the Farepak Response Fund charity, set up by the Government in 2006, customers will have received a total of approximately 50p in the pound, BDO said.
The liquidators said they will aim to make dividend payments to Farepak's 114,000 creditors at the end of August, which will for them mark the end of the liquidation of Farepak.
The High Court previously heard that, following the firm's downfall six years ago, claims by customers and agents against Farepak amounted to about £37 million.
Suzy Hall, national co-ordinator for campaign group Unfairpak, hailed today's announcement as a victory.
She said: "To think we started in 2006 with zero. To finally be able to pay out an extra 32p is a fantastic result.
"Never in my wildest imagination did I think we would get back 50p in the pound. Unfairpak believe we have won."
Ms Hall commended the work of the liquidators, who have waived some of their fees and been "very mindful" of costs.
She said: "The demographic of Farepak savers is low-income women so this is absolutely wonderful."
She thanked those who have helped to fight a tough six-year battle, saying: "Unfairpak and MPs have fought a very hard and good campaign. They have kept the pressure up and the media allowed us to keep this story running."
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Rebecca Hall on her film career so far: ‘I’ve played too many repressed neurotics’
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
iJobs Money & Business
£60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Trade Desk Specialist (Linux, Windows, FIX...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: CXL, Triple Po...
£70000 - £90000 per annum + Job Satisfaction: Harrington Starr: Project Manage...
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer C#, WPF,BLL,MVVM, SOA...