Grantham court: Mum’s £3,000 false claim for caring for a disabled child

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A mother-of-two falsely claimed more than £3,100 in benefits as a carer for a disabled child, Grantham magistrates heard.

Carla Day, of Wakefield Close, pleaded guilty to failing to notify authorities of a change in her circumstances which would have affected her entitlement to Carers Allowance.

The court heard how Day’s claim was legitimate at first but that she should have informed the Department for Work and Pensions when she began working.

Over a 12-month period, she falsely claimed £3,162.55.

Christopher Pye-Smith, defending, told magistrates that the error was an “oversight” and not a deliberate ploy to wrongly claim benefits.

He added that Day, 42, is a person of good character who has stopped claiming the disability living allowance benefit she is entitled to because she and her husband are working and can afford to do without.

At the time of claiming Carers Allowance, Day was suffering from stress and depression and would not open the mail or answer the door.

Mr Pye-Smith told magistrates that she had already repaid £1,000 voluntarily.

Magistrates granted 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.