Unmarried mother to receive widows’ bereavement benefits, Supreme Court rules in landmark ruling

An unmarried mother has won a landmark Supreme Court case to access widowed parent’s allowance for her children after she was denied bereavement payments following her partner’s death. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was initially refused the benefit payments because she was not married to her partner, who died of cancer in January 2014. Campaigners have called this ruling “hugely important”

Landlord fined £20,000 after house fire

A landlord was fined £20,000 after admitting he put the lives of five residents at risk. Residents became trapped upstairs during a fire in Worthing last year, weeks after their landlord was told their fire alarm did not work. The judge said Terry Millis, 62, had a ‘high level’ of culpability and fined him £20,000

Police target £4.6m benefit fraud

An “industrial scale” £4.6 million benefit fraud has been targeted by police in Glasgow. Police officers have been working with the Department for Work and Pensions and Home Office Immigration Enforcement for almost a year in an investigation to trace an organised crime gang suspected of defrauding the benefits system of about £4.6m. A number