Woman illegally claimed £10K in benefits

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A mother illegally claimed almost £10,000 in benefits.

Joanne Bennett enrolled on a business course but did not tell the authorities she was receiving a student loan

Bennett, 47, of Wayman Road, Layton, pleaded guilty to two offences of dishonestly failing to promptly notify a change in circumstances.

She was fined £400 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £40 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Andrea Fawcett, said Bennett illegally claimed almost £10,000 in income support from the Department of Work and Pensions and housing benefit from Blackpool Council between September 2014 and June this year.