A Bristol city councillor has appeared in court over a £3,000 benefits fraud.
Labour councillor Simon Crew, who represents Brislington East, appeared at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Crew, 34, is accused of receiving carers allowance benefit that he was not entitled to totalling £3,554.
He pleaded not guilty to failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of a change in circumstances which would affect his entitlement to benefits or other payments.
Crew also pleaded not guilty to receiving earnings in excess of the prescribed limits while in receipt of benefit.