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Disabled Woman Sleeping In Her Car Because Of #BedroomTax

May 11, 2015

A disabled woman says she is sleeping in her car on country lanes after losing her six-month protest against the so-called bedroom tax.

Angela Wilmott, 44, who has arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and epilepsy, is being chased by a debt collector over the £430 she owes former landlord Acis.

Mrs Wilmott, who uses a wheelchair, said she moved from a two-bedroom house in Lincoln to a two-bedroom bungalow in Harvey Kent Gardens, Bardney, because it would suit her needs better.

But after refusing to pay the £12-per-week spare room subsidy, she says she was evicted in December.

 And ever since then, she says she and her husband Paul, 24, who is her carer, have been sleeping on friends’ and family’s sofas, and in their Vauxhall Zafira in remote streets.

Mrs Wilmott, who receives disability living allowance and employment and support allowance, said: “I refused to pay the bedroom tax because I said I wanted a second bedroom. With my health as it is, I can’t always get to sleep but Paul needs his sleep because he’s my full-time carer so we sometime need to be in separate rooms.

“I admit I have caused the problem we’re in by refusing to pay the extra money – but I did so out of principle.

“The bedroom tax is unfair and does not take into account why you might need a second bedroom.

“We can only spend so much time at relatives’ homes because it can affect their benefits and so we’ve been parking up at night in country lanes.

“None of this is doing us any good – we just want somewhere to live.”

Acis told the Echo that payment cards were sent to Mrs Wilmott’s address on at least four occasions and she was also given advice on direct debit and other payment options.

Paul Wisher, new business and development manager at Acis, said: “We feel we responded appropriately to the concerns and had a number of telephone calls with her and visited the property on a number of occasions.

“We did as much as we reasonably could to work with this lady on her rent payment.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2015 10:06 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Nienna permalink
    May 11, 2015 10:11 am

    It’s just so horrendous people are treated like this!

  3. May 11, 2015 11:54 am

    Common sense so lacking in today’s public servants! Grrrr! Hope she gets re-housed… and a very large apology! 🙂

  4. Ian Duncan Smith permalink
    May 11, 2015 1:58 pm

    So she just wants somewhere to live?

    Are there no jails? Are there no hospitals?

    She became homeless because of her choice not to pay her rent and now she thinks the state should pick up the tab for housing her in a home which is too big for her needs.
    It isn’t going to happen.

  5. May 11, 2015 2:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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