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Hereford United still owe mother maternity pay
A MOTHER of two who is still owed maternity money from Hereford United claims that her family are bearing the consequences.
Leigh Renton started working at United in December 2012, but left last September to have a baby.
She claims that she has only been paid half of the maternity pay she is owed and is also entitled to holiday pay.
The 29-year-old has spoken to HMRC, who have told her that she is entitled to maternity pay regardless of the club's change of ownership.
She added that the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have also informed her that she has the right to 5.6 weeks a year statutory holiday pay even though she did not have a contract at the club.
Leigh has spoken to United's club advisor Andy Lonsdale and former chairman David Keyte about her situation.
"It is a disaster," said Leigh.
"I am constantly told that I will be paid this week, then that week, but I'm still waiting.
"I spoke to Andy Lonsdale on Tuesday and told him that the amount is irrelevant, it is my money.
"I was told that I needed to ask David Keyte where my maternity pay is and was told that it was not their problem.
"I was also told that I won't get holiday pay that I'd incurred either as there are no contracts.
"I spoke to David Keyte who told me I was on a list of creditors that Tommy Agombar took on when he bought the club.
"I went to the club last week because I didn't have any nappies and have to rely on family and friends for money.
"I just don't know who I'm meant to feed my children."
Leigh's husband Alex, 31, is currently undertaking a plumbing course at Herefordshire and Ludlow College.
The couple live in Saxon Gate, Hereford, with their children, James, six and Ethan, eight months.
Alex said that the family's living expenses is around £1,700.
"It's just a nightmare," he said.
"We just want to be told the truth, because at the moment, it seems that everything is lies."
In reply, Lonsdale said that contact has to be made with the company to whom the football club outsourced the payroll to ascertain how much maternity pay is left to be paid.
"With regards to holiday pay, as there is no contract of employment with the club, we have to speak to David Keyte to ascertain what Leigh’s contracted hours were and also her rate of pay," said Lonsdale.
"We have also made an emergency payment to Leigh of £ 600.
"This amount will be deducted from whatever monies are due for June 2014."
Leigh is a number of people still wed money by United and the club is still subject to a winding-up order brought by ex-manager Martin Foyle.
That petition was once again adjourned at the High Court in London on Monday.
The club currently has four directors, according to Companies House – inclouding a 24-year-old called Thomas James Agombar.
The other directors listed are John Harold Edwards, Philip Peter Gambrill and Elke Thuerlings.
The court hearing occurred four days after around 50 Bulls supporters – including Leigh – staged a mock funeral to highlight the club's plight.
A grim reaper led the procession, with a Bulls flag draped across a coffin.
The supporters marched through the city centre before handing in a petition to Herefordshire Council leader Tony Johnson.
The petition, signed by more than 7,400 people, asks the council to stop the leases held by the club to be transferred into one of Tommy Agombar's businesses.