A Chorley mum of two who falsely claimed more than £22,000 in benefits has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Jade Bradwell, 22, of Daisy Meadow, Clayton Brook, was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months when she appeared before Preston magistrates.

She had pleaded guilty to falsely claiming income support on the basis that she was an unemployed single parent.

However, she had been living with her partner since 2008 and he was in full-time employment .

Her entitlement to income support also meant she claimed her maximum entitlement to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Chorley Council. Action is now being taken to recover the overpaid benefit in full.

Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees benefits for Chorley Council, said: “This case was initially investigated by DWP investigators who then contacted the council when it became clear that the allegation affected entitlement to housing and council tax benefit.

“Ms Bradwell failed to notify the DWP, or ourselves, that she was living with her partner who was working and as a result she now has a criminal record.”

Bradwell pleaded guilty to the three offences, falsely claiming income support, falsely claiming housing benefit and falsely claiming council tax benefit.