East Lindsey District Council has been chosen by the Government to have a share of £16million pot to fight fraud.
The cash injection has been made by the Department for Communities and Local Government to councils who are ‘raising their game through a range of innovative and sustainable projects to tackle fraud’.
ELDC submitted its joint bid with Boston Borough and South Holland District Councils to wage war on business rates evasion through its East Coast Business Rates Assurance Function, which was singled out for special mention by the DCLG and will receive £125,820 from the fund.
The joint project will tackle business rates fraud so that law-abiding firms do not have to compete unfairly against those who fail to pay their way.
Working with the Valuation Office Agency, the councils will expose companies breaking the law and maximise the business rates collected by the authorities.
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor John Upsall, said: “The fact that we have been successful in our bid for Counter Fraud Funding is great news. This will go a long way in boosting our efforts to reduce fraud in partnership with Boston Borough and South Holland District Councils.”
Communities Minister Lord Ahmad announced the extra funding for council-led projects to claw back billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money lost every year to fraud. Local government authorities lose £2 billion every year to fraud.