Lina's home adapted for her needs
BECAUSE of the tax Lina has to leave her home – even though the move will cost the taxpayer an estimated £9,000.
The 40-year-old, her husband Robert and 17-year-old daughter Emma, have lived in their three-bedroomed Sunnybank house in Coleford in the Forest of Dean since 1999. Lina, a former home care assistant and lollipop lady has a serious degenerative condition which affects her mobility. Robert is her full-time carer.
In 2012 her home, rented from Two Rivers, was adapted and a wet room installed at a cost of £4,500. They receive full housing benefit.
Lina said it would be tough finding the extra £14 a week for their spare bedroom.
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"Two Rivers is doing its best to help and advise us but it doesn't have any suitably-adapted homes available,"
"This is a real worry for us. We are already struggling financially and we really don't know what we are going to do.
"It really feels like being kicked when you're down."
Two Rivers said it will cost the taxpayer about £9,000 to adapt a smaller home to meet Lina's needs and to make her former home suitable for a new family.