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Couple jailed for £188,000 benefits fraud

A couple has been jailed for carrying out a seven-year fraud, using money to buy properties and finance mortgage repayments.

Nicole Mwamba, 48 was sentenced to 30 months in prison and William Kapuya, 47, was sentenced to 14 months. The couple were sentenced yesterday at Croydon Crown Court of 18 offences relating to the fraud, which took place between 2004 and 2011. 

Employment and Support Allowance needs 'fundamental redesign'

The Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) system has serious flaws causing "considerable distress and anxiety" and requires "fundamental redesign", the Work and Pensions Committee said in a report published today.

Simply "rebranding" the Work Capability Assessment (or WCA) used to determine eligibility for ESA by appointing a new contractor will not solve the problems, it said. 

Council threatens landlords with £20k fines

Another local authority has set out its proposals to introduce selective landlord licensing, with hefty £20,000 fines for those who do not fall into line.

Doncaster council is now consulting on the proposals for licensing in the Hexthorpe area because of alleged tenancy management and anti-social behaviour problems.