A MUM has been ordered to pay bedroom tax – even though the tiny room is a vital haven for her severely disabled daughter.
Dawn Lennon’s girl Kelly Marie, 28 – who is blind and unable to walk or talk – relies on the sensory room, which contains a soft ball pit and is used to store her wheelchairs.
But the Government have decided it is spare, meaning Dawn must stump up more than £570 a year in bedroom tax.
It has left the 52-year-old on the breadline as she cuts back all her shopping in a bid to make ends meet.
Dawn dared David Cameron and his Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to witness the reality of 2014 Britain and challenged them: “Come to my house and see how we struggle to live. In fact, we’re not living, just surviving.”
The single parent pleaded: “Scrap this terrible tax. My daughter is 28 but she’s a baby really. I can’t afford another £13 a week. Even food now has to be sacrificed. Life is a constant battle.”
The third bedroom in Dawn’s home in Runcorn, Cheshire, is used by Kelly, who has Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, a development condition.
The family’s story is just one of hundreds in the UK relating to the hated bedroom tax. The Record have featured scores of families suffering in Scotland.
The DWP said: “Housing benefit reform is essential. But we are giving £150million discretionary funding this year to support the vulnerable.”