The death of a disabled cancer patient was hastened after the Bedroom Tax forced her to move, her family have claimed. 52 year-old Janet Mandeville, who died last month, could not afford the extra £12 per week needed to stay in her two-bedroom bungalow.
“When she moved, all the people who were around her weren’t there any more. She was on her own.
“It was too much for her; she couldn’t handle it.
Mrs Mandeville received some Discretionary Housing Payments — but only until she was moved to a smaller property. Interviewed by the same paper while she was still alive, Mrs Mandeville, who also suffered from depression and anxiety, said:
“I became so distressed trying to think of ways I could stay in my two-bed bungalow, I actually had a seizure in February and was taken to hospital for tests.
All MPs knew of such cases — but the tax enjoyed Commons support until a vote less than two weeks ago.