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Flooded in Somerset—and hit by the Tory bedroom tax

by Dave Sewell in Somerset
Issue No. 2390

Disabled Lucie Almond was flooded

Disabled Lucie Almond was flooded (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Disabled Lucie Almond is still living in a council-owned bungalow in Bridgwater, Somerset, that first flooded on 3 January.

The floor next to where Lucie sleeps is still drenched, and all she has been given is a plastic sheet to put under her mattress.

“It’s been a really traumatic experience,” she told Socialist Worker. 

“I’m having trouble breathing and it makes my chest hurt. It’s hard work just trying to forget about it and get to sleep every night.”

Lucie has problems with her spine, and was only able to get sandbags into place with the help of friends. “I called the council and they sent someone round. He didn’t even want to look around the place. 

“He told me to put the heat on to dry it out, but I don’t have any money left to pay for it.

“They don’t understand what it’s like trying to live when you only have so much. 

“I would probably be in hospital now if some friends hadn’t given me something to eat.”

Lucie isn’t just a victim of the floods, but of the Tory bedroom tax.

“I had to downsize, because they wanted to take about £30 off me for the spare bedrooms,” she said. 

“At first I was happy because the new place would be closer to my kids, but I can’t have them round now this has happened.”


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