Mum’s £20k dole shame

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A Chorley mum had a six months jail sentence suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to falsely claiming more than £20,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Alison Joseph, 43, of Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, also received a 12 month supervision order when she appeared at Preston Crown Court.

The court was told that she had claimed Income Support from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the basis that she was a single parent and too ill to work.

As a result she also received the maximum assistance towards her rent and Council Tax from Chorley Council.

However, the court heard that she had failed to tell both the DWP and Chorley Council that her partner had moved in with her and that he was in full time employment.

Joseph had initially denied the offence, but then pleaded guilty to all four charges at Preston Crown Court in June. The case was adjourned for sentencing.

Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees benefits payments for Chorley Council, said: “This is another excellent case of investigators from the DWP and the council working together to bring the full extent of a fraud to the court’s attention. I would urge anyone whose circumstances change to contact us on 01257 515151 immediately.”

Steps are being taken to recover the overpayment in full.