An inquest has heard that Frances McCormack, a 53-year-old school cook, had been hounded for bedroom tax payments since the tragic suicide of her 16-year-old son Jack Allen in 2013. A handwritten note, dated 10 days before her death, was found in her bedroom, part of which was addressed to David Cameron, outlining the hardships that the Bedroom Tax was causing.
Ms McCormack’s body was discovered by her close friend Natalie Richardson at her home in Maltby, near Rotherham.
An eviction notice was served on Ms McCormack the day before her body was discovered, the court heard.
Frances McCormack had been helping Rotherham Council with its suicide prevention work following the suicides of a number of young people.
Her ex-husband Jimmy Allen said after the inquest: “She was a strong-willed woman and a good, loving mother. This was a totally unseen body blow to the family.”
Close friend Natalie Richardson told the Doncaster inquest: “Frances had spoken to me previously about the property.
“She wanted to buy into it, it was where the three boys were raised and where Jack took his last breaths, ate his last meal and spoke his last words.
“She was a very strong woman, very strong minded. I felt she was getting a lot better with herself. She had decided to go out a bit more, she had started going to the gym, she was very focused and always had something to do.
“She never gave me any kind of inkling and was strong for me when my partner passed away. She was my rock.”
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “Our sympathies are with the family of Ms McCormack. This is a tragic and complex issue and it would be misleading to link it to one cause.”
Recent research by Iain Duncan Smith’s own department showed 78% of bedroom tax victims were penniless by the month’s end and at least half had to turn down their heating.
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