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Benefits Help

East Riding residents whose working tax credits end in April are advised that they may now be entitled to housing and/or council tax benefit.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is offering benefit and money advice service. They authority says it has helped thousands of residents to claim the benefits to which they are entitled. In 2010/11 residents who had used the service claimed -

  • £150,500 in housing benefit
  • £120,500 in council tax benefit

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Sentencing due today

A Huddersfield man who didn't report his father's death and then claimed his benefits for five months is due to be sentenced today. 29 year old Christopher Blackburn has admitted preventing a burial and pocketing his father Guy's benefits.

54 year old Mr Blackburn was found dead at his home in Preston.He died from heart disease. His son is due for sentence at Preston Crown court today.

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