A woman from West Wittering has been given a prison sentence after falsely claimed nearly £29,000 in benefits.
Lorely Day had claimed the money for over six years without declaring that she had a substantial monthly private pension.
Miss Day received a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 2 years, after claiming £23,369.58 in Housing Benefit and £5,629.69 in Council Tax benefit between November 2006 and January 2013.
She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates Court to charges of dishonestly making false statements to Chichester District Council.
Benefit fraud is a very serious crime and we will prosecute those people guilty of it. All income and capital has to be declared, no matter what its source. The benefits system is there to help those most in need, not those who want to abuse it by claiming money they are not entitled to receive."
– Cllr Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council
Ann Barnes has announced that Kent's team of Special Constables will have the police part of their council tax paid for them, by the force, from 2014.
She says although the money is what she calls "a drop in the ocean" it's an important thank-you gesture to the officers, who are all unpaid volunteers. David Johns has the story.
He talks to Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, Special Constable Mohammed Rahman, Kent PCC Ann Barnes, Chief Officer of Kent Special Constabulary Gavin McKinnon, and Special Constable Jason Bushell.
People living in Brighton and Hove will be paying almost two per cent more council tax this financial year.
Councillors approved the 1.96 per cent rise last night - the maximum increase allowed. Labour supported the minority Green administration's plan to increase the tax by the maximum amount possible. The Conservatives recommended a tax freeze.
Green councillors said the rise was necessary to safeguard services.
Children's centres, roads and social care - all will be feeling the pinch as Oxford County Council struggles to balance its books. Councillors have been voting today on how best to save millions of pounds. As Divya Kohli now reports, it means all departments will have to tighten their belts.
Council tax looks set to rise 1.99% in Oxfordshire as the council aims to save £77m between now and 2017. The biggest savings will be £28m in Adult Social Care. Charges for day centres will triple in the next two years. Divya Kohli asked pensioners for their views.
Council tax looks set to rise 1.99% in Oxfordshire as the council aims to save £77m between now and 2017.
The biggest savings will be £28m in Adult Social Care. Charges for day centres will triple in the next two years from £4.18 a day to £15 for five hours for pensioners.
Other proposals include an £800,000 cut from the children's centres budget but the council insist none of Oxfordshire's 44 centres will close. The council will also introduce 24-hour charges at park & rides.
Maidstone Borough Council will consider a proposal to increase its council tax, for the first time in two years, when it meets on Wednesday 27 February.
The borough council has frozen its council tax for each of the last two years. This year the cabinet is recommending an increase of 1.9% or £4.23 a year for a Band D taxpayer.
"The 8p a week increase is within the government’s threshold for council tax increases. The cabinet decided not to recommend accepting the Council Tax freeze grant because it is only equivalent to a 1% increase for two years.
Following that time the council would have to make bigger savings when the grant is withdrawn." It says it needs to protect services in the next and future financial years.
The budget includes proposals to provide support for parishes of £110,631 in 2013-14 to compensate them for the loss of income due to council tax benefit changes which will reduce the amount they collect in tax from their residents.
Campaigners say the vulnerable and the young will be hardest hit as council services are cut and jobs will be lost to make millions of pounds of savings. Portsmouth Council have agreed to a budget aiming to save £9 million pounds from April. Fred and Sangeeta link to Andrew Pate.