An inquest at Brighton and Hove Coroner’s Court heard she had told housing officers on the day of her eviction they were “lucky not to find a dead body”, before she was pulled out the sea in Brighton two days later on November 19 last year.
The court heard the foster carer was made to pay bedroom tax on the spare room in her two bedroom home in Romanfield Road, Streatham Hill, London, while she was not looking after children.
In May 2014 she had started to build up rent arrears, due to the 14 per cent cut in her housing benefit, despite having discretionary housing payments from her local authority to help towards the rent.
By November 17 2017 her housing association had evicted her from the estate.
So, she didn’t foster any children for three years? And the cut in benefits (because that’s what it is rather than a tax, I’m not paying it…) was enough to push her into debt & suicide?
Really? She had no other issues?
Her family told the court she use to come to Brighton to clear her head, and had withdrawn from the family after they had expressed worry about her mood.
She had also struggled with eczema and excessive sweating, and had once been issued with a not fit for work certificate.
Ah. Mental health issues. Maybe that’s why she was no longer fostering? And maybe that’s also the reason for her sad end, and nothing whatsoever to do with the bedroom ‘tax’..?
Not that that’s going to stop everyone’s favourite shroud waver from using this case to get another column in CiF of course…