£16 million fund to fight fraud


Boston Borough Council has been chosen by the Government to have a share of £16 million to fight fraud.

The cash has been handed over by the Department for Communities and Local Government to councils which are said to be ‘raising their game’ in the fight against fraud.

The council submitted its joint bid with East Lindsey District Council and South Holland District Council to ‘wage war’ on business rates evasion. Its East Coast Business Rates Assurance Function was singled out for special mention by the DCLG and will get £125,820.

The aim is to make sure law-abiding firms are not competing unfairly with those who do not pay their way.

Shared business rates assurance managers Andy Hall and Mike Carr will work with the Valuation Office Agency to expose companies breaking the law and maximise the business rates collected by the authorities.

Communities Minister Lord Ahmad announced the funding to claw back billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money lost every year to fraud.

Coun Aaron Spencer, Boston finance portfolio holder, said the council is determined to bring to book those who ‘cheat honest hard-working people’ of of the money they pay in taxes.

He added: Anyone who cheats the system, or is thinking about it, be warned – modern and sophisticated methods, together with data-sharing, means there really is no hiding place.”