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Woman gave away £138,000 and now wants to live off benefits

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A NEW QUAY woman gave away £138,000 and now wants to live off government benefits.

Susan Marion, aged 58, inherited the money from her father, grandmother and an aunt, who all died between 2015 and 2016.

But she considered the money was ‘tainted’.

Swansea Crown Court heard that her father had kept battery chickens and her grandmother had been a sheep farmer, and she considered both activities to be cruel to animals.

She told the Department for Work and Pensions she had been willing to keep £11,000 left by her aunt but then discovered she had once raced whippets, which she also disapproved of.

So she gave it all away–and has now applied for benefits.

Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, said Marion had kept the money in four Barclays accounts and had had ‘well above’ the £16,000 threshold for benefits.

But she kept quiet about the windfalls and continued to claim £18,417 in housing benefit and income support before the DWP found out about her new found wealth.

She was convicted after a trial of failing to notify the DWP and Ceredigion County Council that her circumstances had changed.

Her barrister, Paul Hobson, said she had given the money away and had applied for benefits. Her application was still under consideration by the DWP, he added.

Marion was made the subject of a two-year community order,

Judge Keith Thomas said of her claim to be now broke: “Whether that is the complete picture is speculative. This is an unusual case.”

Judge Thomas said there was evidence that Marion had used at least some of the money herself before giving the rest away.

He told Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, that the benefits system had not been designed for people of wealth who simply gave it all away and then wished to rely on benefits.

The court heard a Proceeds of Crime investigation was underway that would determine Marion’s true financial situation.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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