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A woman who was evicted from her home of almost 30 years after being unable to pay a £210 bedroom tax bill has found herself homeless.
Carol Sutherland, from Lincoln, was evicted in April after failing to pay an outstanding bill of £210 which built up after she was told to move to a smaller council property or lose £11.35 a week in benefits, reports the Lincolnshire Echo.
The 56-year-old, whose only income is her dead husband’s pension is now waiting for a bed at the Nomad Trust homeless shelter and gets food at a church drop-in.
It is understood that she failed to response to numerous attempts to discuss the outstanding bill. The council said it did not comment on individual cases, but urged people to contact them when financial difficulties stopped them paying bills.
A charity is preparing to open its first houses for homeless people in a town where a “cardboard city” of dwellers has sprung up, according to the BBC.
The Selig (Suffolk) Trust, operates the winter night shelter in Ipswich, which has been used by about 30 rough-sleepers in previous years, with more being turned away.
But over the summer, with the shelter closed, shelters made from cardboard boxes and sofas have appeared in front of the local swimming pool, offices and a former cinema in the town.
The trust says it has been offered two houses which they could use and estimates they could be ready for use within a year.
A report into mental health care, by the government’s chief medical officer, which called for better mental health services to stop people taking time off sick, has been criticised by mental health charities.
The report, by Professor Dame Sally Davies, said more help was needed for those in work to stop mental health issues have a detrimental effect on the economy.
The paper estimated that around 70 million days were lost to mental illness last year, costing the economy between £70 and £100 billion.
However, Paul Farmer, chief executive of leading mental health charity MIND, said improved and faster access to care should be available to all, not just those in work.
He said: “We feel it is essential that everyone with a mental health problem gets timely access to the treatment they need, whether in or out of work.”
Prof Davies said: “I urge commissioners and decision-makers to treat mental health more like physical health. Sixty to seventy per cent of people with common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety are in work.”