Grantham court: Mum dishonestly claimed more than £13,000 in benefits

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A mother received £13,082 in benefits after failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions she was living with her partner.

Diane Selby, 31, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, admitted three counts of dishonestly failing to notify the change in her circumstances affecting her entitlement to benefits.

Tracey Ross, prosecuting, told the court that Selby had dishonestly received £6,880 in income support between July 2012 and May 2014, £6,175 in housing benefit between August 2012 and May 2014, and £26.70 in council tax between February and March 2013.

Miss Ross said Selby, who had a daughter born in 2010, had split from her partner and started claiming benefits as she had no income other than tax credits.

She later moved to Ropsley where she had two more children and her partner moved back in with her in 2012.

Checks revealed her partner had strong links to that address and he was in work.

Miss Ross added that the DWP was claiming back the money from Selby through her benefits.

She said Selby had no previous convictions.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Selby’s benefits claims were initially legitimate, but her partner moved back in with her over time.

Mr Pye-Smith said her partner did not support her financially in any way.

He was working but did not help to pay the bills or for his accommodation.

She later ended the relationship and he moved out.

Mr Pye-Smith added: “She did not intentionally put herself in this position.

“It was a serious misjudgement on her part.”

He told the court that Selby still did not receive any financial support from the partner to help with the children and other expenses.

The magistrates imposed a community order for 12 months to include supervision with an emphasis on thinking skills. Selby was also ordered to pay £60 costs.