Manor Residents’ Association faces bailiffs over unpaid £9,000 tribunal bill to Hartlepool cleaner

Manor Residents Association Community Resource Centre, Kilmarnock Road
Manor Residents Association Community Resource Centre, Kilmarnock Road

A CHARITY is facing the bailiffs after it failed to pay £9,000 to a former cleaner - despite being ordered to cough up by a tribunal judge more than four months ago.

Lynda Gooding has now had to pay £100 out of her own pocket to take the case to county court, but has still yet to receive a penny of the money she is owed from Manor Residents’ Association.

Lynda Gooding

Lynda Gooding

The disgraced charity now faces having its assets repossessed by bailiffs in the coming days unless £8,856 is paid to former cleaner Mrs Gooding, who won her employment tribunal case in early April.

Mrs Gooding and three others who won employment tribunals have also sent letters to all of the charity’s trustees detailing their plans to launch legal proceedings against the trustees if they don’t receive the money they are owed.

Mrs Gooding, 56, told the Mail: “When the tribunal was finished I thought that would be it, it would be a weight off my mind but three months on and it’s still going on.

“We’ve had to pay £100 of our money, which we can’t afford, for a warrant of execution at county court and there’s still no guarantee I’m going to get my money.”

The county court claim was sent by first class post to Manor Residents’ Association on July 17 this year and the charity had until August 2 to reply, which they didn’t.

But manager Angie Wilcox told the Mail the charity didn’t receive the letter.

Asked when the charity intends to pay Mrs Gooding the money she is owed, Miss Wilcox said: “Our legal representatives are dealing with it, I can’t comment any further than that.”

Employment judge Andrew Buchanan described the actions of Manor Resident’s Association as “outrageous” when he ordered the charity to pay £8,805 to Mrs Gooding.

The tribunal heard how Mrs Gooding, who lives in Forfar Road with husband Kenny, 58, worked 37 hours a week for just £5.40 an hour - under the national minimum wage of £6.19 per hour - and for the last seven weeks in the job received her wages either late or not at all.

Mrs Gooding’s case was the first of four employment tribunals against the charity in a matter of weeks, which they lost.

The charity was ordered to pay Carl Williams £3,738, Sharon Henderson £6,000 and Sue Harriman £3,706.

All three are yet to receive their money but the deadline for payment has not yet passed in their cases.

Mrs Gooding said: “I’ve been trying to find work ever since I left Manor Residents’ Association but it’s tough when the last organisation I worked for I took through a tribunal.

“But what else was I supposed to have done?

“We couldn’t just sit back and do nothing about it.

“The charity was ordered to pay the money in a court of law yet I’ve since had to pay £100 to enforce it and still haven’t got a penny.”

Miss Wilcox resigned as a councillor in July following the first two tribunals against the charity.

Labour councillor Paul Beck and ceremonial mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher both stepped down from their roles on the charity’s board of trustees over concerns about the lack of information to board members about the employment tribunals.