I PRAY CAM WILL GO.
Byline: Keir Mudie
NOBODY is hoping David Cameron is booted out of No.10 more than Valerie Johnson.
She is a victim of the Bedroom Tax and, although too sick to work, can no longer have her daughter as a live-in carer.
Valerie's life started to crumble when she was signed off work due to illness and later diagnosed with rare thymoma cancer. A tumour the size of a melon was removed from her lungs.
Valerie, 54, relied on housing benefit to pay for the three-bedroom flat in Plymouth where she lived with her son.
She was still incredibly ill after her operation so her daughter Lorraine, 34, would stay in the spare room four nights a week.
When the Bedroom Tax came in, Valerie could not afford to keep the home where she had lived for 17 years. She was forced to move to a two-bed ground-floor flat across the road, meaning that Lorraine could no longer be live-in carer.
Then Lorraine lost her house and with nowhere else to turn was forced to move in with Valerie's sister on Merseyside.
Valerie said: "I told the housing association about my daughter being a live-in carer but they said their hands were tied.
"She was pretty much my only support network and is now 280 miles away."
Valerie added: "Sometimes I can't even lift the weight of a cup and can barely walk to the end of the street.
"It hurts when it's cold, but I can't afford to turn the heating on.
"David Cameron is to blame. He's trying to scare people off benefits, but the effect is squeezing the living conditions of people who rely on benefits. My situation is not going to improve if he wins again."
VICTIM: Valerie Johnson
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|Publication:||The People (London, England)|
|Date:||May 3, 2015|
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