A CWMBRAN mother claims to “have nothing left” after wrongly paying the so-called bedroom tax for almost two years – for a box room.
Katherine Purcell, who suffers with heart problems, claims to have lost about £2,000 since she was first incorrectly told the space was subject to the housing benefit rule.
But in mid-January, despite Bron Afon Community Housing accepting that the room at her home in Cresswell Walk, St Dials, was too small to warrant action in mid-January, the 50-year-old was told the higher rent she had paid could not be refunded.
Mrs Purcell, who lives with son Stephen who has learning difficulties, explained: “I was first contacted two years ago and told I would need to pay bedroom tax. I explained that it was a tiny box room and they said they would send a form but never did.
“Last summer two people came knocking on the…
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