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PM tells Cumbernauld resident bedroom tax "makes no sense" to force her out of her home

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 19:32 GMT on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

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Iris Henderson outside her Kildrum home.

ONE Cumbernauld resident has learned that it would “make no sense” for her to move as a result of the under-occupancy charge, dubbed as the bedroom tax.

Previously, Cumbernauld Media brought you the story of Iris Henderson (59) from Kildrum, after Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Gregg McClymont asked the Prime Minister to step in to help Ms Henderson from paying an extra £72 a month or face losing her specially-adapted home.

The Kildrum gran - who was born with dwarfism - has lived in her housing-association home for 35 years and spent thousands on making it suitable for her condition, including £4500 on an adapted kitchen so she can cook for herself. 

When the UK Government laid out its plans for the bedroom tax, Ms Henderson contacted local MP, Gregg McClymont, who then wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him to step in and help. 

In a letter to Mr McClymont, the PM has admitted that it “makes no sense” to force Iris out of her Cumbernauld home over the controversial bedroom tax.

“I do agree that there will be other circumstances where it makes no sense to move someone from a property, which has already been adapted for their very specific needs, into a different one which will also require significant adaptation,” the Prime Minister wrote to Mr McClymont.

Previously the Government had said that tenants such as Iris should not receive full housing benefit when living in modified housing with one or more spare bedrooms.


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Commenting, Iris said that the PM knows she is between a “rock and a hard place”. 

Ms Henderson said: “David Cameron knows that I am between a rock and a hard place. I either have to move out of my house and pay thousands for a specially adapted kitchen or pay the bedroom tax.

“He’s absolutely right that my case makes no sense but to me, all he is doing is standing there and wringing his hands

“He says he is sympathetic but at the end of the day he is not really prepared to give me any help.”

Commenting, the area’s Labour MP said: “The Prime Minister has told Iris that the rules might change after a two-year review.

“But he can’t offer Iris any useful advice to help her in the meantime.

“After weeks of waiting for a reply this is nothing short of a disgrace. The Prime Minister promised to look carefully at each individual’s case and I took him at his word on that.

“He clearly has no idea how much worry and suffering his government’s policies are causing people like Iris.”


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