Council warning to benefit cheats

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BENEFIT cheats have been warned that action will be taken against them after a New Mills woman became the latest to appear before the courts.

Tim Norton, High Peak Borough Council’s executive councillor for corporate services, said: “This conviction and others like it send out a strong message that we won’t tolerate benefit cheats who take money from the hard-working taxpayer.

“Anyone who suspects that people are receiving benefits to which they’re not entitled should call the council in confidence on 01298 28433, safe in the knowledge that we’ll always take action.”

Lucy Hall, 27, of Hague Bar, fraudulently claimed more than £3,000 in benefits after she failed to reveal she had started full-time work.

She was fined £311 and told to pay £250 costs plus a victim surcharge of £15 after admitting two charges of failing to disclose a change in circumstances. She will also have to repay all the money she owes.