Williams, 57, of Tiverton Street, Cleethorpes, was jailed for four months after admitting making a false representation to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and dishonestly failing to cancel a wrongful credit.Four months for £28,000 seems like a damn good remuneration to me – it’s nearly my entire annual salary, after all!
Of course, he’ll have to pay it back, right?
Grimsby Crown Court heard that Williams had begun paying back the money at a rate of £3.30 per week – meaning it would take 200 years for him to repay the amount in full.I…
Prosecutor Chris Tonge said that to pay at a higher rate would cause “undue hardship” to the defendant.Yes, well, too bloody bad! It’s supposed to be a punishment, FFS!
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, and was of previous good character.How many hardworking families have had to postpone or cancel holidays this year, I wonder?
The vast majority of the money had been spent on everyday living expenses.
“Save for a number of holidays, he has not lived a life of luxury,” he said.
While we cosset and pander to the likes of Mr Williams?