'A severely disabled man claims he has been “threatened with eviction” from his home due to mounting rent arrears, after his benefits were stopped because of the UK Government’s hated ‘bedroom tax’ policy.
Nigel Hamlett, from Tewskesbury, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, says the local council is threatening to evict him from his home due to “non-payment of rent for six weeks, because my housing benefit has been stopped”.
Mr Hamlett says the local authority has withdrawn round the clock care, resulting in cessation of his housing benefit entitlement.
The housing association and Tewkesbury Council say they are working with Mr Hamlett to hopefully alleviate his problems.
“24 hour care was taken off me, and I didn’t fight it this time”, said Nigel. “I can’t keep fighting year after year after year. It wears you down.”
Nigel says he is worried that his growing rent arrears and the loss of housing benefit will result in him becoming homeless.
“There is nowhere for disabled people to be put,” he told Gloucestershire Live. “It’s taken me 30 years to get a property like this, where do they want me to go?”
Nigel claims that he is being asked to pay an extra “£14 pound a week” in rent because of the reduction in his housing benefit entitlement, which he claims to be unaffordable.
He said: “They are saying I don’t need 24 hour care anymore, so this is where the bedroom tax comes into force.
“If I don’t need a live-in carer, I now have to pay tax on my spare room which I can’t afford – or move.
“Because I am disabled, everybody knows it’s not that easy to find an adapted place.
“So if I get evicted, where am I supposed to go?”'
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