Chesterfield benefit fraudster who misclaimed £4,000 is fined £180

Magistrates Court, Chesterfield
Magistrates Court, Chesterfield

Chesterfield Borough Council (CBC) is warning of consequences for benefit fraudsters after a woman is fined.

Chesterfield woman Lisa Aitken, 29, who lives in St John’s Road in Newbold was ordered to pay £300 by magistrates after claiming money she wasn’t entitled to.

Aitken claimed a total of £4,011.59 after failing to tell the council about a rise in her wages and also did not declare temporary work carried out by her husband.

At a hearing at the Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on 6 January, magistrates gave Aitken a £180 fine and ordered her to pay £100 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The case led CBC to remind claimants to declare any changes that could affect their benefits.

Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for business transformation said: “Council Tax Support and housing benefit are worked out by how much money is coming into a household.

“If there are any changes that affect how much money is coming in to the house – such as a change in job, wages or change of partner, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible.”

Changes in circumstances that can affect benefit payments include:

- Rent changes

- You or your partner start work, or take an extra job

- You or your partner change jobs

- A new baby arrives

- A child leaves school or moves out

- Someone comes to live with you or moves out

- You or your partner’s income/savings goes up or down

- Tax Credit changes

- Benefits from the Department for Work and Pension stop or start, especially Income Support and Job Seeker’s Allowance

- Going into hospital

- Change of address.

To report changes, email benefits@chesterfield.gov.uk, call 01246 345484 or 345507 or call into the council’s Customer Service Centre in New Square.