Mum cashed in with illegal benefit claims

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A woman illegally claimed over £7,000 in benefits as a single mum while living with her partner in Clowne.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, November 28, how Amy France, 26, claimed £5,273 council tax and housing benefit and £2,400 income support while failing to notify Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she was living in the same household with her partner.

Prosecuting solicitor John Cooper said: “This case concerns benefit claims that were honestly brought but became dishonest and she failed to notify the authorities of a change of circumstances in that she had a partner living with her.”

France, now of The Crescent End, Thurcroft, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to failing to notify Bolsover District Council about a change affecting council tax and housing benefits and to failing to notify the DWP of a change affecting her income support between April 2012 and January 2013.

Steve Brint, defending, said: “She has three children with an ex-partner. She’s been in a new relationship for two years and was claiming benefits in 2006 legitimately until April 2012. It became dishonest when she and her partner moved into a new address in Clowne in April, last year, and she should have informed the authorities. Money went towards everyday household goods.”

France was sentenced to a 12 month community order and 120 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £100 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.