Tuesday, 13 December 2011

London woman sentenced in Leeds benefit fraud case

A London woman who moved to Leeds and defrauded the benefits system for two years has been ordered to do 80 hours community service.

At a hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ court on Thursday 8 December, Angela Lockwood of Woodside Avenue, Burley pleaded guilty to five counts of making false representations which resulted in her being overpaid housing and council tax benefit to the value of £10,437. As well as the twelve month community service order, Lockwood was also ordered to pay £100 costs.

Ms Lockwood claimed the benefits between September 2008 and October 2010 for three former tenancies in Leeds on the basis that she was the sole tenant when in actual fact she was living with her partner, and his grown-up son. Both her partner and his son were in employment, as was Ms Lockwood. They had all moved together from London to Leeds.

In interviews with Leeds City Council’s benefits service Ms Lockwood confirmed that she made false claims in relation to her three former tenancies, as well as confirming that she had knowingly allowed a her employer to send a letter which falsely claimed she work less hours than she actually did.

Steve Carey, chief revenues and benefits officer for Leeds City Council said:
“Falsely claiming benefits is taking money away from people who really need it. We will investigate anyone we suspect of claiming money which isn’t rightfully theirs.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Put a reminder about your bin days on your Christmas list

Residents across Leeds have been receiving reminders about when to put their bins out for collection over Christmas.

Information about changes to collection days to take into account the seasonal break have been included in newsletters issued to homes across the city by Leeds City Council.

Binmen will be working in Leeds throughout most of the festive break, apart from on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, December 27th and New Year’s Day.

Dates of collections in the three weeks around Christmas have been revised to ensure that no-one misses out if their normal collection falls on a day when the refuse collectors are not working.

Anyone whose bin is missed for any reason, such as bad weather conditions, is advised to leave it out for up to 48 hours for catch-up collections and to bring it in after that until the next collection day.

Details of the arrangements are included in the leaflets to homes and are also published on the council’s website at www.leeds.gov.uk/reycleforleeds

They are as follows:

Christmas recycling and waste collections

If your usual collection is: / Your Christmas collection is:

Monday 19 December 2011/ Sunday 18 December 2011
Tuesday 20 December 2011/ Monday 19 December 2011
Wednesday 21 December 2011/ Tuesday 20 December 2011
Thursday 22 December 2011/ Wednesday 21 December 2011
Friday 23 December 2011/ Thursday 22 December 2011
Saturday 24 December 2011/ Friday 23 December 2011
Monday 26 December 2011 / Saturday 24 December 2011
Tuesday 27 December 2011/ Wednesday 28 December 2011
Wednesday 28 December 2011/ Thursday 29 December 2011
Thursday 29 December 2011/ Friday 30 December 2011
Friday 30 December 2011/ Saturday 31 December 2011
Saturday 31 December 2011/ Monday 2 January 2012
Monday 2 January 2012/ Tuesday 3 January 2012
Tuesday 3 January 2012/ Wednesday 4 January 2012
Wednesday 4 January 2012/ Thursday 5 January 2012
Thursday 5 January 2012/ Friday 6 January 2012
Friday 6 January 2012/ Saturday 7 January 2012
Saturday 7 January 2012/ Sunday 8 January 2012

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335
e-mail: donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk