Clitheroe man (52) claimed £4,000 benefits while working as caretaker

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A CLITHEROE man continued claiming benefits after he had secured a part-time job as a school caretaker.

Blackburn magistrates heard 52-year-old Ian Charlton received more than £4,000 which he was not entitled to over a one-year period.

Charlton, of Mitchell Street, admitted three charges relating to jobseekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £75 costs. The court heard Charlton had already made arrangements to repay the money.

Mr Stephen Barker (defending) said initially it had been a legitimate claim.

“He was working 12-and-a-half hours a week, term-time only, and it was his mistaken understanding that would not affect his benefits,” said Mr Barker. “He had actually told the DWP he had the chance of employment.”

Mr Barker said Charlton had come off benefits and set up his own carpentry and joinery business.

“He is a hard working man and this is the first time he has been in any kind of trouble,” said Mr Barker.