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Benefit cheat mum given community order

PUBLISHED: 16:52 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 February 2015

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Gravesend mother admits falsely claiming £6,250

A YOUNG mother who falsely claimed more than £6,000 in housing and council tax benefits has been given a 60-hour community order.

Hannah Pryor, aged 23, of Stonebridge Road, Gravesend, will also have to repay £6,294.47 from on-going benefits.

Dartford Magistrates’ Court heard on 29 January that Miss Pryor had failed to declare that her partner was in paid employment.

She pleaded guilty to failing to promptly declare changes in circumstances to Gravesham Borough Council under Section 112 (1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Evidence obtained by a council investigation officer found her partner was in paid employment since the claim commenced. She made a full admission during her interview with the council.

She was sentenced to a community order of 60 hours unpaid work, £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

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