A FRADLEY woman has appeared in court for continuing to claim benefits when she started work as a dinner lady.
Christine Porter, 48, of Worthington Road appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where she pleaded guilty to the offence. The money, totalling £6,007, was claimed between 2006 and 2012.
Mrs Porter had failed to notify the relevent authority about her change in circumstances when she started work for Staffordshire County Council.
Her defence solicitor, Vaughn Whistance, said: “She started work as a dinner lady and made the assumption that the Inland Revenue had told the Department for Work and Pensions.
“It appears one department can’t speak to another.
“Her income support was reduced by £20 and she assumed that was because she was working, when infact it was a change in income support rules.”
Mrs Porter, who still qualifies for income support but at a reduced rate, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Magistrates imposed a fine totaling £270, broken down as a £160 fine, court costs of £85, and a £25 victim surcharge.
The prosecution was brought by the DWP, and Mrs Porter was said to have made a ‘full and frank confession.’