Veteran prosecuted over benefits

craig webWhen a veteran was told he had claimed money he was not entitled to he agreed to pay it back - yet he was still prosecuted.

Amputee Craig Howorth, from Bacup, was told that he could remortgage his house to repay the cash in a lump sum, even though he had agreed a repayment plan.

When it came to court the grandad was given an absolute discharge with no costs to pay and he is continuing to repay the money at the rate agreed before the expensive court case.

However, he now has a criminal record and has now been dismissed by his employers.

Catherine Smyth was commissioned by the Big Issue to write the freelance story and provide a photograph.

Click on the icons to read the story in full on pages 4 and 5 of the Big Issue In The North on December 10th.