Borough chippy fined for employing illegal workers

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A Billinge business was caught red-handed hiring illegal workers last year has been hit with a £45,000 fine.

A report released by the Home Office reveals Billinge Supper Bar on Main Street was fined.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties.

“We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law will be found and will be punished.

“Using illegal labour is not victimless. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest businesses and cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.”

Billinge Supper Bar was fined £45,000 on August 4 last year for employing three illegal workers.

The Home Office list serves to name businesses who have either not paid their fine or are not making regular payments towards them 28 days after they have “exhausted all their objection or appeal rights” or those served with a “second or further penalty” regardless of if any payments have been made.

The Home Office added: “We robustly pursue debts owed by employers of illegal immigrants, and in 2015/2016 collected more than £12m.”