Ulverston dinnerlady fined for benefit fraud
Last updated at 16:02, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
A DINNERLADY fraudulently claimed more than £4,000 in housing benefit despite the fact her husband had gone back to work.
Jayne Smith continued to get the cash over a 12-month period and failed to inform South Lakeland District Council of a change in her circumstances.
Furness Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday how the 49-year-old, of Birchwood Drive, Ulverston, had admitted committing the offence at the earliest opportunity.
Mr Michael Graham, prosecuting on behalf of SLDC, told the court Smith had failed to inform anyone that her husband was in employment.
Mr Andrew Gallagher, defending, said: “Her husband had back problems for a number of years and had an operation and was off work. He was claiming employment support allowance but then that changed to job seeker’s allowance. After a period of time he returned to work and he informed the relevant people of his change in circumstances.
“The family as a whole failed to inform the council about the housing benefit.
“Mrs Smith is a dinnerlady and a carer for her son who has Asperger’s. Arrangements are now in place to repay the money on a weekly basis.
Smith pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change of circumstances that affected her entitlement to benefits between August 22, 2011 and October 7, 20012.
During that period she fraudulently claimed £4,175.48.
Sentencing her, District Judge Mr Gerald Chalk said: “It is a lot of money over a long period of time.” He fined her £125 and ordered her to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
First published at 15:48, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Police investigate Millom assault
- PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Charity walk to raise money for Ulverston hospice
- Success brewing as Hardknott signs prestigious high street deal
- £7,500 pledge to help make Millom ‘danger’ park fit for purpose
- Hundreds lap up Millom Infant School summer entertainment
- Millom Post Office will be closed for up to three weeks during revamp
- Residents of flood-risk Millom set to get emergency plan
- Warning to DIY rat killers in South Cumbria
- PHOTOS: Festival atmosphere marks end of busy year for Barrow college (1 comment)
- Call for CCTV cameras to be installed in Dalton
- Barrow Raiders show true grit to defeat Newcastle Thunder
- Millom CC blow leaders Dalton away
- Barrow CC pro is star with bat and ball
- Barrow Raiders score thrilling win over Newcastle Thunder - with video highlights (3 comments)
- Wins for Askam and Millom in National Conference
- RAIDERS REVIEW: Time for Barrow Raiders to step it up
- RAIDERS REVIEW: Time to silence Thunder
- Barrow Raiders score thrilling win over Newcastle Thunder
- Moffatt's Royal day at Cartmel: with picture gallery
- Barrow Raiders told to steal Newcastle's Thunder
- WEDDING ALBUM: Sharna Forsyth and James Tyson
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Venice
- FOOD REVIEW: Punchbowl, Crosthwaite
- Time to forge better deal within the EU
- FOOD REVIEW: The Crown, North Scale, Walney
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Bali
- Toddler fights back from heart surgery
- Garden no safe place for birds
- WEDDING ALBUM: Gemma Jones and Craig Brown
- Let’s unite and take on fight together