OWNERS of Bolton takeaways, restaurants and shops have been fined a combined total of more than £125,000 — for employing illegal immigrants.

The Home Office has revealed in a Freedom of Information request that it has issued 17 civil penalties worth £127,500 to employers over the past three years, after they uncovered 59 people working illegally in the town.

And £75,000 has still not been paid — because the people responsible have left the businesses or shut up shop before paying up.

Reported by The Bolton News. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.