Bedroom Tax Row Affects Dying Cancer Victim In Birmingham

  • 57 year old Veronica Kenning, a wheelchair-bound mum in Birmingham, dying of cancer of the oesophagus was given a year to live last August and is facing eviction from her council house in a bedroom tax row.

    She could lose the only home she has ever known after refusing to pay the £23.57-a-week demanded by Birmingham City Council.

    Veronica was told in February that she faced paying out under the bedroom tax after her daughter moved out of their three-bedroom home in Brook Meadow Road, Shard End.

    She decided she would fight her case in court but admitted any hearing would have to be quick as she has been given a year to live last August.

    Veronica said:

    "I told the council I was never going to pay because I'm dying.

    They shouldn't be asking for it. It's disgraceful.

    I told them they could take me to court, but they would have to be quick."

    She received a letter from the council which stated:

    "Your rent debt is now at an unacceptable level and we are serving you with a notice of seeking possession. This is a legal notice and should not be ignored."

    Veronica agreed that she had rejected the council's attempts to encourage her to apply for cash to help her pay her way due to the fact that she hasn't got enough time left to waste it filling out forms.

    "I might not even qualify. I'm making a stand." She said.

    A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said the council has been in regular contact with Mrs Kenning and have advised her to apply for  discretionary housing payment which she will qualify for, but she refused to make a claim.

    Does anyone have examples of tenants being evicted for arrears due to Bedroom Tax? The BBC needs case studies for film. Please comment or call Support Solutions on 0845 271 3080.

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