Sunday, 10 February 2013

Julia Jones letter to David Cameron over his wicked Bedroom Tax

In today Sunday Mirror reports. Julia Jones 59 sent David Cameron this heart wrenching letter to shame him and his Coalition Government over their wicked bedroom tax.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I heard you in Prime Minister’s Questions say you would look at individual case on Bedroom tax.

I am 59 years old, David (my husband) and I have both did worthwhile jobs.

Five years ago David got melanoma.

He had excruciating treatment and, although still not well, returned to work as he thought it was his duty.

Four years ago he got bowel cancer; he had irreversible.

Six months later he returned to work. Two years ago he got brain cancer. Seven weeks later he died.

Throughout all this I was advised to get care allowance, but I rejected this: he was my husband; it was my duty to care for him.

When he had the colostomy we were allocated this home as David could not climb stairs anymore and I struggled.

His ashes are buried in my garden under the rose bushes that friends gave me instead of  wreaths.

Mr Cameron, my husband and I were the hard workers you claim to support, we never asked for anything.

I would give everything if this had not happened to us.

Because we were on benefits and sick you and your government said hateful words against us.

Words that made acquaintances look at us with contempt.

The most powerful men in the country imply we are scum so we must be sum.

You and your government call us scroungers; next door go to work whiles our bedroom curtains are still drawn.

My curtains were still drawn at 11 am as the light made David scream in pain.

Do you not consider I would give everything for my husband to be alive, me to not have incapacitating pain and we could both be the hard workers were once were?

I live in 11/2 bed bungalow that was built for older people.

It is support elderly living so I feel safe. I could not house a family as under 55s are not allowed.

You now want to take my home from me. The home that liberally made my fingers bleed cleaning as it had been neglected for 20 years when we moved here.

You want to me leave my husband’s ashes, my neighbours who take me shopping and give me some form of social life? I have no family, we could not have children.

I am living without heating at present so how can I pay what I do not have to stay in my home?

Have you any idea how that affects my fibromyalgia?

I eat one meal a day and am in constant pain which is exacerbated by the cold.

I may get Discretionary Housing Benefit. But we both know that is only for 13 weeks at a time and when the pot is empty it is empty.

I have considered moving but the only property available is far from shops and bus stops and cost £98 per month more than were I am at present. I would be living in isolation.

You say you are building more social housing, but it is too little and too late for many of us.

You may blame Labour the policies, but it was your government who introduced the law so I have to hold you responsible.

Mr Cameron. I do not believe you or your MPs are Evil men at heart, I believe this is an ill thought out plan and you did not understand the consequence of your action.

I ask you to take a step back and look at this again.


Yours, Julia Jones.

10 February2013 Sunday Daily Mirror Published this Letter