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Mum dies ‘in a cold home after having benefits cut’

Too ill for

A MOTHER-of-four whose benefits were cut after she was too ill to attend a meeting died cold and alone, her family claim.

Elaine Morrall, 38, was found wrapped in her coat and scarf at home last Thursday.

Her payments were slashed after she missed an appointment about universal credit because she was in intensive care, her mother said.

She says Ms Morrall, who had an eating disorder and mental health problems, would not put the heating on in the housing trust property in Runcorn, Cheshire, until her children returned from school because of the cost.

In a Facebook post that went viral, Linda Morrall wrote: ‘How many people have got to die before this government realises they are killing vulnerable people?’ She said her daughter ‘was deemed not ill enough’ for employment and support allowance. Her benefits, including housing, were ‘stopped numerous times’ but she had to pay full rent.

Jonathan Horsfall, Halton Housing Trust debt recovery manager, said support services were ‘on offer to those who we know are in arrears’.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it re-arranges appointments and ‘assessment decisions are made with consideration of all the information provided’.