Mum, 61, illegally claimed benefits

A 61-year-old mum from Eastwood illegally claimed more than £9,500 despite getting a full-time job.

Yvette White continued to claim housing and council-tax benefit and JobSeeker’s Allowance. She admitted she should have told Broxtowe council and the Department for Work and Pensions about the change in her circumstances. She claimed for one year and four months in 2010 and 2011.

White, of Church Street, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. She was fined £275. She will have to pay the money back as well as £100 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.

She was of previous good character and the original claim was legitimate.