Government to triple fines for supporting illegal immigrants
The government says it is cracking down on employers and landlords who allow illegal migrants to work for them or rent their properties.
In a press release on 7 August, the Home Office said:
The civil penalty for employers, which was last increased in 2014, will be raised to up to £45,000 per illegal worker for a first breach from £15,000, and up to £60,000 for repeat breaches from £20,000.
For landlords the fines will increase from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier for a first breach to up to £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier. Repeat breaches will be up to £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per occupier, up from £500 and £3,000 respectively. The higher penalties will come in at the start of 2024.
Later this year the Home Office will consult on options to strengthen action against licensed businesses who are employing illegal workers.