A MAN who dishonestly claimed more than £21,360 in benefits has been given a suspended jail term.

Wheelchair-bound Hedley Bailey, 62, claimed council tax and employment support allowance because he did not have ready money, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Jack Danaher, defending, said Bailey received £99,000 from the sale of his mother's home when she went into care.

He said he was paying care home fees of £350 a week, but his mother died in July 2010.

Mr Danaher said had invested money in a bond but that was not due to mature until 2018.

Bailey, of Laithes Lane, Athersley North, admitted two benefit fraud charges, was ordered to pay £85 in costs, a victim surcharge of £80 and handed a ten-week suspended jail sentence.