Council worker’s benefit con

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A MOTHER-OF-TWO illegally claimed benefits from Blackpool Council – while she was working for the authority.

Stacey Neilson claimed a total of £2,663 in housing and council tax benefits from the council plus income support.

Neilson, 30, of Blackfen Place, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to notify a change in circumstances. She was sentenced to do 40 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £2,663 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

Kathryn Edwards, prosecuting for the Department for Work and Pensions, said Neilson illegally claimed the benefits when she failed to declare she was employed by Blackpool Council as a casual support worker.

Neilson, who had no previous convictions, told the court she still works for Blackpool Council as a special support worker at Montgomery High School.

She said: “I’m really sorry. I did not purposely fail to inform the relevant departments. It was a massive mistake and I am willing to pay every penny back.”