Grantham court: Council worker claimed £7,300 while in a job

Court news.
Court news.

A Grantham council worker claimed more than £7,300 in unemployment and housing benefit while he was working.

Ian Denton, 53, of Welland Court, Grantham, pleaded guilty to three counts of dishonestly making a false statement, namely that he was in work, in order to receive jobseeker’s allowance. He also pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to notify South Kesteven District Council, his employer at the time, about a change in circumstances, that he was working and earning, which he knew would affect his entitlement to housing benefit.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that Denton received an overpayment of more than £7,300 over a period of 30 months. The claims for jobseeker’s allowance were made between 2012 and 2014. The claims for housing benefit were made between August 2014 and January 2015.

Mr Clare said that Denton ended a claim for jobseeker’s allowance in 2013, but then reclaimed in 2014.

Mr Clare said there was evidence to show he was working for SKDC at Grantham market. He said the money was being recouped by SKDC and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Simon Cobb, defending, said he believed Denton would have been entitled to a top-up benefit. He was being paid by SKDC and was receiving housing benefit from SKDC.

Mr Cobb said Denton was dishonest through ‘financial desperation’ and ‘being unaware of other benefits he could claim’. He said Denton was still working for the council in markets and refuse collection.

Magistrates asked for a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case to April 25.