August 22, 2016
An “eccentric” retired teacher has been branded a benefits cheat after landing himself in court by renting out his one-bed council flat on international online operation Airbnb. Anthony Whewell, 64, earned more than £9,000 by letting out his tiny flat as a ‘bed and breakfast’ for almost four years. Whewell, of Moss Row near Bury town centre, began living in the flat in 2011 and began subletting it as a B&B in July 2012. It’s believed that his own rent, payable to Six Town Housing, was around £65 per week, meaning he made a profit. Bury council said Whewell ‘fraudulently ran a bed and breakfast business’ from his council flat while also claiming Pension Credit and Housing Benefit….