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Illegal subletting costs former council tenant £11,700

Published on Monday, 20 November 2017

On 14 November 2017 at Woolwich Crown Court, Mr Marco Travez, 33, was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

Stolen debit cards lead to prison sentence for tenancy fraudster

Published on Monday, 13 November 2017

On 1 November 2017, James Maties, 33, was given 22 months in prison for having used stolen credit cards to pay his Council Tax with the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Prison sentence for tenancy fraudster caught subletting

Published on Thursday, 02 November 2017

The fraudster was given a 12-month sentence for subletting his council property.

Residents making new claims for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support must now get online

Published on Monday, 02 October 2017

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has changed the way that new claimants apply for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support by introducing an online claim form.

Royal Greenwich asks 'Is this love?' in thought-provoking domestic abuse campaign

Published on Friday, 21 July 2017

A positive and thought-provoking campaign promoting healthy relationships and the resources available to victims of domestic abuse has been launched in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

£1.95m funding for innovative domestic abuse project

Published on Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The three year project will transform help for children and families experiencing domestic abuse.

Mayor to open Volunteers' Week event

Published on Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Volunteers' Week starts on Thursday (1 June). It's the ideal time for people to consider how volunteering could change their life.

Nurse jailed for stealing money from elderly clients in her care

Published on Friday, 03 March 2017

Sharon Vitalis, a former NHS nurse, was jailed for 28 months at Woolwich Crown Court on 1 March 2017.

18 months prison sentence for 'severely disabled' fraud woman who wasn't disabled at all

Published on Friday, 03 March 2017

A 54 year old woman from Broadstairs has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of multiple fraudulent acts in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Knives and razors seized as part of Operation Sceptre

Published on Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Officers from Royal Greenwich have taken action against two Eltham retailers who sold potentially offensive weapons to a teenager.

Benefit cap changes from 7 November: support for those affected by the change

Published on Monday, 07 November 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is advising residents in receipt of benefits to check to see how they may be affected by change.

Son found guilty of using dead mother's Blue Badge

Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

On 21 March 2016 at Bexley Magistrates Court, 47 year old Abdul Karim of Villacourt Road, Plumstead, was found guilty in his absence of misusing his deceased mother's Blue Badge.

Universal Credit roll-out begins: help for claimants

Published on Monday, 11 January 2016

Huge changes to the benefits system begin this month with the start of Universal Credit, the single benefit that replaces six other benefits, rolling out across the country.

Councillors donate vital supplies to local food bank

Published on Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Councillors from the Royal Borough of Greenwich have donated Christmas hampers that had been sent to the Town Hall to the local Greenwich food bank.

Good odds on Betwatch

Published on Monday, 07 December 2015

The council is stepping up its efforts to tackle gambling related problems and protect vulnerable residents by launching a new pilot scheme in General Gordon Square, Woolwich.

Charity worker gets 16 months prison sentence for tenancy and benefit fraud

Published on Monday, 16 November 2015

A charity worker has been sentenced to prison for failing to declare that he owned his own home when accepting council accommodation, and claiming housing benefit from the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Big Issue seller caught in £60,000 benefit fraud

Published on Friday, 06 November 2015

A man has been given a 16 month suspended prison sentence for falsely claiming Housing and Council Tax benefits totalling over £60,000.

Suspended prison sentence for benefit cheat

Published on Thursday, 05 November 2015

A woman who claimed to be a personal carer on low wages has been sentenced for having defrauded the Royal Borough of Greenwich of Housing Benefits totalling over £33,000.

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