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Fine for benefit claimant

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Chesterfield benefit claimants are being urged to declare their full income after a man received a fine in a case brought by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Richard Burrell, 44, of Taylor Crescent in Chesterfield, was ordered to pay a total of £535 in a case at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard on Wednesday 17 February after he pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to declare his income relating to housing benefit.

Burrell had claimed a total of £6,376.18 over a two-year period after he failed to declare his full income. 

Magistrates fined Burrell for this dishonesty but gave him credit for showing remorse and for paying back the full amount.

Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for business transformation, said: "Anyone who claims housing or Council Tax benefit must make sure they tell us their full income.

"Failing to do this could leave them in serious trouble and facing court action. If their circumstances change such as changing jobs, earning more, moving in with a partner or having a baby should report it to us straight away."

To report any changes in circumstance that may affect benefits, residents should email benefits@chesterfield.gov.uk or call 01246 345 484 or 01246 345 507. They can also visit our Customer Service Centre in New Square for advice.


First published on 19 February 2016 Last updated on 11 March 2016