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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01246 345484 or 345507 or call into the council’s Customer Service Centre in New Square.