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will four of or UK, Outrage at bedroom tax cruelty; family forced to wash severely disabled man in paddling pool after being forced out of home.

Byline: JOSHUA TAYLOR Social Affairs Writer taylorjoshua1 @

ECHO readers reacted with fury after the family of a severely disabled man were forced to wash him in a paddling pool after losing their home to the hated Bedroom Tax.

Gary and Joan Tomlinson were booted out of their house in Bootle - which Sefton council had spent PS70,000 adapting, so it was suitable for Gary's disabled brother, Rob - after their housing benefit was cut by nearly PS100 a month.

This meant the family fell into arrears and they had to move to a smaller property in Southport, which does not have a suitable washing area for Rob - so Gary and Joan are now forced to bathe the cerebral palsy sufferer in a paddling pool in the living room.

Claire Mathews wrote on the ECHO's Facebook page, after reading the story: "This is a disgrace. I feel like crying for this man and his family. How humiliating for the poor man.

"How can this happen in this day and age? It's like this country has taken a 100-year step back!" Teresa McGee added: "What's the world coming to? This is disgraceful and degrading!" Other readers called for the Bedroom Tax to be scrapped. Serenity Lolly Lopez wrote: "Personally I think the bedroom tax is unfair across the board. Disabled or able-bodied people are penalised and getting into debt.

"Kids grow up, leave home and all of a sudden people have one or two spare bedrooms and therefore, if on benefits, can't meet their rent. The bedroom tax is an absolutely barbaric way to treat people."

Donna Brady said: "This story is a disgrace. I have a daughter who is disabled and wheelchair-bound so I can relate to this wholeheartedly."

Judith Williams added: "This is appalling. How does this seem fair? He is entitled to every bit of human decency and support. Whoever signed the papers to evict this family are responsible just as much as the Government."


Gary Tomlinson giving his brother, Rob, a bath in the front room of their home in Bootle

Gary and Joan Tomlinson were forced to move to a smaller bungalow

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2015
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