Friday, 16 May 2014

Lib Dem benefit cheat councillor blocked from council committees

A Lib Dem councillor in Tiverton has been blocked from membership of any council committees by his fellow councillors after being convicted of benefit fraud.

Cllr Kevin Wilson had applied to be a member of Tiverton Town Council's Finance & General Purposes and Planning Committees but councillors voted to block his membership of any committees because they don't want to be seen to be endorsing a convicted criminal.

Wilson was given a suspended prison sentence earlier this year for committing benefit fraud of £3,800 which he used to subsidise his daughter's public school fees. He apologised but refused to resign as a councillor.