BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is to accept the repayment of £40,000 claimed from it falsely.

Borough finance boss Vicky McGurk has agreed to a ‘no case to offer’ settlement of the sum owed instead of prosecution .

Council legal director David Fairclough advised her in a report: "We have been liaising with the police and Crown Prosecution Service regarding the

prosecution of a case regarding monies owed to the council.

"The case was listed for court but has now been deferred until early next year, as a result of the impact of Covid-19.

"The CPS have now asked if the council would be content with accepting the repayment of the sum owed as an acceptable solution to this case rather than continuing with the prosecution. This would be a one-time non-negotiable offer with a limited time to settle the sum owed in full of approximately £40,000.

"There is evidence the council paid sums to the individuals’ concerned based on false information they provided."