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SAN­DRA Tin­dle started claim­ing carer’s al­lowance in Jan­uary 2016 while jug­gling a part-time job and look­ing af­ter autis­tic son Tris­tan, five, and her two older chil­dren.

Be­ing a book-keeper, Mrs Tin­dle, 39, of Wilt­shire, was well aware of the rules on earn­ings. But de­spite in­form­ing the DWP of changes in cir­cum­stances, she re­ceived a de­mand for £5,200 in over­pay­ments.

“They were ab­so­lutely wrong and later had to ad­mit I had in­formed them of all my de­tails,” said Mrs Tin­dle.

“I have lost 2.5 stone with the worry and stress this has caused me. I thought I was go­ing to go to prison charged with fraud.

“I have been in hospi­tal sick with stress, I am on med­i­ca­tion. The im­pact on my fam­ily has been se­vere.

“I had the bailiffs on me and had to agree a £30 a month re­pay­ment – over 14 years – so they stop has­sling me.”

San­dra with Tris­tan and daugh­ter Is­abella

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