Approximately £10m slapped for flouting employment laws in the last 16 months
Tags: Ann Widdecombe, takeaway sector, civil penalties
26th August 2009: Hiring illegal migrants has costs as many as 1,161 firms dear. The UK Border Agency disclosed a fine of approximately £10m has been slapped on these firms for flouting employment laws in the last 16 months.
Former Home Office Minister-cum-Tory MP Ann Widdecombe believes this is just the “tip of the iceberg”; and the problem was almost certainly far greater than the numbers suggest.
Available information indicates the penalty follows the recruitment of 2,058 illegal workers from countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Bangladesh. A great majority of the illegal migrants worked in the restaurant or takeaway sector.
The raids revealed the companies in London and the south-east were among the worst offenders and had to pay £3.9m in “civil penalties”.
It was followed by firms in the Midlands and east of England. These accounted for £1.7m in fines. The third in the category was north- west, where the companies had to pay £1.3m.