Woman must pay back cash

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A WOMAN who did not notify the council of a change in her hourly pay while she was on benefits has appeared in court.

Trudi Whittingham pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to notify which led to overpayments in housing benefit, council tax benefit and council tax support.

Her defence Stephen Bentley said Whittingham, a carer, had been given a rise from £6 to £7.30 per hour which resulted in overpayments of benefits totalling £3,598.

Fareham Magistrates’ Court heard that Whittingham, of Kenwood Road, Portchester, had already started to pay the money back to the council.

The 38-year-old was given a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £100 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £15.