THE mum of tragic cancer victim Becky Bell takes her bedroom tax row on to national television tomorrow.
Becky’s mum, Julie, 41, has previously featured in the Mail as she told of her shock and anger at how her daughter’s bedroom is to be classed as a “spare” room under the Government’s new controversial bedroom tax.
Becky’s room has not been touched and has been left as it was when she lost her devastating battle with brain cancer in January last year.
But her parents Julie and Mark, 37, will now have to pay more than £650 a year after the Government’s new legislation was put in place today.
Tomorrow, Julie will stand her corner and tell her side of the story to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning sofa.
“I will just say what I have said in the past, that we aren’t asking for the world, but just a little bit more time to grieve,” said Julie, who is also a mum of Vicki, 24, and Mark, 13.
“What I find most difficult to understand is how they class Becky’s room as a spare room, it isn’t a spare room, it’s her bedroom.”
The controversial new bedroom tax will affect both social housing tenants in employment and those in receipt of housing benefits if they are found to be under-occupying their homes.
Households in under occupancy will now have their benefits cut by around £13 each week for one bedroom or £22 for two bedrooms.
Julie and Mark, a taxi driver, receive around £40 a week in housing benefits, but under the new legislation will have to pay £672 a year for Becky’s bedroom.
They have been backed in their battle by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, but were dealt a huge blow when the MP was sent a letter from Lord Freud, the Government’s Minister for Welfare Reform saying he sympathised with the situation, but the family must pay the cash.
Mr Wright has since handed over a petition in Parliament, signed by more than 1,000 people in Hartlepool who are against the new tax.
Julie added: “I got a call last week asking me to go on This Morning and tell our story.
“We don’t think we are a special case, we don’t want to be treated differently, but we just wanted a little bit more time.”