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Bedroom tax eviction

October 06 2014
Lincoln widow becomes homeless because of  a £210 bill

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.