GRAN Pat Lewins is leaving the home in which she has lived for 27 years and raised three kids – but she will still be hit by bedroom tax.
Pat, 59, is swapping her three-bedroom home in Washington for a two-bedroom property under Gentoo’s exchange scheme, but will see her benefit cut because, according to Government rules, she doesn’t need a spare room.
She believes the bedroom tax is doubly unfair – firstly because of the lack of smaller properties available to those willing to trade down and secondly because she believes she is being punished for wanting to support her family.
The mother-of-three has one or more of her seven grandchildren to stay and believes the rule change is an attack on the family.
“I have lived in this house for 27 years and I want to stay in this area,” she said.
“I want to still be able to have the grandkids to stay.
“If I am in a one-bedroom flat, where am I supposed to put them? I want to be able to be there for my children, to take care of my grandchildren.”
She refuses to move into a flat: “There aren’t any one-bedroom houses. Where are these one-bedroom houses with a little garden?
“I refuse to be put into a box. I will be in a box soon enough without jumping into one now.”