Man was overpaid £2,860 in benefits

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A man who failed to tell the Department for Work and Pensions about a part-time job was overpaid £2,860 in Jobseekers Allowance.

Paul Coupland (47), of Stockmans Avenue, Holbeach, admitted failing to notify his change of circumstances between February 8 2011 and December 12 of that year.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday gave him a community order with 100 hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay £100 costs.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Coupland had a one day a week job and used the money to pay off debts.

He said the Department for Work and Pensions is reclaiming the overpayment by deducting sums from his benefit.