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Another benefit fraud conviction for Lichfield District Council

Lichfield District Council are keeping up the pressure on benefit thieves in the area by announcing another conviction.

Fourty-one-year-old Paula Lowbridge of Chasetown pleaded guilty to four charges of benefit fraud on Wednesday 3rd June at Tamworth Magistrates Court. The four offences consisted of three charges of dishonesty making a false declaration when claiming housing and council tax benefit and one charge of dishonesty failing to give prompt notification of a change of circumstances.

Miss Lowbridge had failed to tell Lichfield District Council that she was receiving tax credits. This led to an overpayment by the council of £1,960 in housing and council tax benefit.

The court ordered repayment of the full amount overpaid as well as £350 in costs. Miss Lowbridge was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid community service.

Councillor Colin Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits, said: “If you claim housing or council tax benefits, I cannot stress enough how important it is to declare any changes in your circumstances the team straightaway. We work very hard to make sure our residents are getting the right housing and council tax benefit, but if we find that someone has intentionally kept their earnings or a change in circumstances from us, we will look to prosecute.”

If you are receiving benefits, make sure the council has all the up-to-date information they need by calling 01543 308900 or e-mailing

If you suspect someone is committing fraud you can report them to LDC’s Benefit Investigation Team by phoning 0800 783 1030 or e-mailing

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