Thursday, April 26, 2007
A Leading Labour Party official has appeared in court accused of benefit fraud. Wigan Constituency Labour Party Chair Dorothy Abbot, 56, is alleged to have received more than £28,000 in incapacity benefit over a four-year period despite also working for Wigan Council.
Abbot is charged with having "dishonestly failed promptly to notify Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstance that she knew would affect her entitlement to incapacity benefit namely that she was working". The offence is alleged to have been committed between December 12, 2001 and November 7, 2005.