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Benefit fraud prosecution

22 September 2014

Allerdale Borough Council has prosecuted a woman from Silloth for claiming nearly £1276 in Housing Benefit and the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) to which she was not entitled.

On 17 September 2014, West Cumbria Magistrates heard how Jennifer Lucas, aged 55, of Seawinds, 206 Skinburness Road, Silloth had claimed housing benefit and council tax reduction since May 2013.

In April 2014 a review was carried out by the Benefit Investigation Unit which indicated that Miss Lucas may have undeclared income from employment. Further checks were made and it was established that she had started work and had failed to notify Allerdale Borough Council.

As a result of failing to declare the true household income, Jennifer Lucas was overpaid Housing Benefit amounting to £891.24 over a period between January 2014 and April 2014 and she received a discount (CTRS) on her Council Tax Bill of £384.43 over a period between January 2014 and May 2014.

At court, Miss Lucas pleaded guilty to both offences.  Miss Lucas was ordered to pay a financial penalty of £500 together with a victim surcharge of £50 and a contribution to the Council’s costs of £100. The overpaid benefit is being recovered.

Members of the public who suspect benefit fraud is being committed can call Allerdale Borough Council’s 24-hour Benefit Fraud Hotline in confidence on 0800 169 5119 or complete, anonymously, an online form at www.allerdale.gov.uk/benefitfraud

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