Cheshire, U.K.- A single mother of four was found dead wrapped in a coat and scarf at her home, and the victims family claims it’s because she couldn’t afford her heating bill.
Elaine Morrall, who suffered from an eating disorder, physical and mental health problems, was discovered dead at her home in Runcorn, Cheshire, earlier this month, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Morrall’s mother Linda claims her daughter only turned the heat on when her children got home from school because the family was too poor to heat their home on a regular basis.
She said the 38-year-old’s Employment Support Allowance (ESA) benefits were stopped because she was too ill to attend a meeting.
In a Facebook post- Linda slammed the government for “killing vulnerable people”.
She said her daughter was “severely depressed. Suffered from eating disorder & many other problems for many years. She was in & out of hospital in recent months in intensive care.
“But was deemed not ill enough for ESA [Employment and Support Allowwance]. Had her benefits stopped numerous times, which in turn stopped her housing benefits.”
“No income but expected to be able to pay full rent. Was told being in intensive care was not sufficient reason for failing to attend a universal credit interview. I went to the job centre to inform them that she couldn’t attend. But benefits stopped again.”
“How many people have got to die before this government realises they are killing vulnerable people??”
The Department for Work and Pensions spokesman has said they are still investigating this case, but in the meantime, a spokesperson for the department has offered “thoughts and prayers for Ms Morrall’s family at this difficult time.”