Thanet District Council have forced a disabled OAP to increase her mortgage by £16,000 just to pay for work to the outside of her flat that they claimed were "essential services".
Dorothy Hacking, of Harbour towers was told by Thanet District Council was rightly panic-stricken when TDC told her that they would be billing her for more than £16,000 for external overcladding to Harbour Towers, in Ramsgate. Mrs Hacking who is 91 years old and extremely frail owns the leasehold of her former council property. Mrs Hacking was told that she would have to pay her share of the costs, whether she wanted the work carried out or not.
I was petrified that if I did not pay up, I would be evicted, said Mrs Hacking, who, aside from suffering deafness and failing eye sight, also suffers from a broken back. She is now paying an extra £112 a month out of her very small income to cover the council bill even though she needs to money to live on.
The worse part, for me, is all evidence suggests that the work carried out may not have been essential at all but may have been optional. Yet TDC carried out the work without consulting the residents of the tower block many of whom are elderly. Read on for the full horrifying story.
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