Sick OAP axes her council tax

Jane O'Hea has cancelled her council tax payments in protest at lack of support for vulnerable people

Jane O'Hea has cancelled her council tax payments in protest at lack of support for vulnerable people

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A pensioner has cancelled her council tax payments blaming the “appalling” approach by authorities to supporting vulnerable people.

Jane O’Hea claims she is “incapacitated” by emphysema, a lung condition which means she can only walk a very short distance.

To get around and keep her mind active, the 77-year-old, who lives alone in a flat in Wilbury Road, Hove, claims she has to take taxis to various events.

However, when she asked Brighton and Hove City Council for some financial support, she was told it was only able to offer her £70 in taxi vouchers a year – as well as giving up her bus pass.

This is despite her spending about £50 a week on the cab fares.

Ms O’Hea said she is “appalled” at how England treats its elderly and vulnerable people and has cancelled her council tax payments in protest.

Offer of help

After being contacted by The Argus, the local authority has said its adult social care team has been in touch to offer her help.

But Ms O’Hea, who is a former medical secretary, claims it is not enough.

She said: “I really cannot believe this can possibly be considered of any help to me.

Doctor appointments “I cannot go anywhere at all now without using a taxi.

“I am an OAP, I am on a fixed income, I have a very small pension.

“I do not have the money to pay the council £96 a month.

“I am absolutely furious, it is quite unbelievable.”

Personal support

Among the activities she attends are bridge club and community lunches, as well as regular doctor appointments.

Each journey costs about £5 each way.

She said: “If I didn’t do them then I would go insane. I live alone you see and it’s the only support I get.”

Ms O’Hea, who moved to Sussex in 2010, said she does nothing at weekends.

A council spokesman said: “Our adult social care team has been in touch with Ms O’Hea and has offered her support.

“Our council tax team is currently looking into Ms O’Hea’s council tax situation in liaison with adult social care staff.”

He added the council was unable to comment on individual cases when it came to council tax payments.

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4:53pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Hove Actually says...

I am sure kitcat will send in the bailiffs as soon as he can...........
I am sure kitcat will send in the bailiffs as soon as he can........... Hove Actually
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5:09pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Jane, you can't have any money because the Greens are spending millions of pounds on digging up a cycle lane to install a new one so students can cycle to college for 8 months of the year.
The old, cold, poor and frail are not part of eco ideology probably because you have the heating on all day and that's naughty.
Jane, you can't have any money because the Greens are spending millions of pounds on digging up a cycle lane to install a new one so students can cycle to college for 8 months of the year. The old, cold, poor and frail are not part of eco ideology probably because you have the heating on all day and that's naughty. Maxwell's Ghost
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5:42pm Fri 7 Dec 12

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

The greens need the monies to supply the pikies with wheelie bins an porter loos as soon as they take up illegal residents on public land
The greens need the monies to supply the pikies with wheelie bins an porter loos as soon as they take up illegal residents on public land PETE OF QUEENS PARK
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6:05pm Fri 7 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

The Greens have got much more important things to worry about Jane for god sake. The matter of pink bikes being sold in Halfords and forms that don't have a box for transgender on them are much more urgent than the welfare of a 77 year old lady. Get a grip woman.
The Greens have got much more important things to worry about Jane for god sake. The matter of pink bikes being sold in Halfords and forms that don't have a box for transgender on them are much more urgent than the welfare of a 77 year old lady. Get a grip woman. AmboGuy
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7:14pm Fri 7 Dec 12

leobrighton says...

Have you considered getting an electric scooter? Would be the best solution to your problems
Have you considered getting an electric scooter? Would be the best solution to your problems leobrighton
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7:19pm Fri 7 Dec 12

lorrie1 says...

I really dont blame this women, The council will only send you scare letters from i-bis, trust me, Been getting them for at least 8 years and have NEVER even seen a bailiff. If they ever do turn up, record them on your mobile for your refernce, They soon run off! look on you-tube. Its hilarious
I really dont blame this women, The council will only send you scare letters from i-bis, trust me, Been getting them for at least 8 years and have NEVER even seen a bailiff. If they ever do turn up, record them on your mobile for your refernce, They soon run off! look on you-tube. Its hilarious lorrie1
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7:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Camel54 says...

The Social Care bill. Not the council, troll land.
I feel very sorry for Mrs O'Hea, but G Osborne says you must die young so he can cut taxes before the next election. If you can't survive on £70 a week or get a job, then tough. I expect that the poor woman will be declared fit for work any day now.
The Social Care bill. Not the council, troll land. I feel very sorry for Mrs O'Hea, but G Osborne says you must die young so he can cut taxes before the next election. If you can't survive on £70 a week or get a job, then tough. I expect that the poor woman will be declared fit for work any day now. Camel54
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8:04pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

I hope all the hate filled eco-fascists who voted the snot Greens in can see what horrible politics they have voted for.

And Lucas and Kitecat (I know you read these comments because Jason "I don't wear ties because I am so cool" complained about me to the editor see what you are doing.

I hope the old gal sorts it out and good on her for her stance.
I hope all the hate filled eco-fascists who voted the snot Greens in can see what horrible politics they have voted for. And Lucas and Kitecat (I know you read these comments because Jason "I don't wear ties because I am so cool" complained about me to the editor see what you are doing. I hope the old gal sorts it out and good on her for her stance. Algeria Touchshriek
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9:31pm Fri 7 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

The usual suspects post the usual rubbish without commenting that it was the parties that they support that prevented a small rise in council tax last year that resulted in millions being taken from the council's budget nor do they make mention of the savage government cuts in the last few years or deep cuts to be made in the next few years.

Sadly, society has not and continues not to properly support people like Jane.
The usual suspects post the usual rubbish without commenting that it was the parties that they support that prevented a small rise in council tax last year that resulted in millions being taken from the council's budget nor do they make mention of the savage government cuts in the last few years or deep cuts to be made in the next few years. Sadly, society has not and continues not to properly support people like Jane. HJarrs
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10:05pm Fri 7 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

HJarrs wrote:
The usual suspects post the usual rubbish without commenting that it was the parties that they support that prevented a small rise in council tax last year that resulted in millions being taken from the council's budget nor do they make mention of the savage government cuts in the last few years or deep cuts to be made in the next few years.

Sadly, society has not and continues not to properly support people like Jane.
Yes but it's not 'society' that needs to act now is it? It's our caring Green council that needs to act.

How very politician of you to blame this poor lady's predicament on the problems inherited by the current Green administration.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The usual suspects post the usual rubbish without commenting that it was the parties that they support that prevented a small rise in council tax last year that resulted in millions being taken from the council's budget nor do they make mention of the savage government cuts in the last few years or deep cuts to be made in the next few years. Sadly, society has not and continues not to properly support people like Jane.[/p][/quote]Yes but it's not 'society' that needs to act now is it? It's our caring Green council that needs to act. How very politician of you to blame this poor lady's predicament on the problems inherited by the current Green administration. AmboGuy
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10:25pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Hjarrs.

You really need to open your eyes and smell the coffee.

The snot Greens have more hate in them than the BNP.

Why is it only fools like you see their worth?
Hjarrs. You really need to open your eyes and smell the coffee. The snot Greens have more hate in them than the BNP. Why is it only fools like you see their worth? Algeria Touchshriek
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12:07am Sat 8 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

funny thing is if everyone refused to pay there cpuncil tax ,say because we demand a local election as the greens have and are continuing to wreck this lovely town,guess what would happen folks?????! as for the lady in this story,god bless you !!! if i was wealthy ide write a cheque out to you,and send kittwat one
for a penny !!!'
funny thing is if everyone refused to pay there cpuncil tax ,say because we demand a local election as the greens have and are continuing to wreck this lovely town,guess what would happen folks?????! as for the lady in this story,god bless you !!! if i was wealthy ide write a cheque out to you,and send kittwat one for a penny !!!' funkyyoyo
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8:29am Sat 8 Dec 12

greenpaws says...

I'm incapacitated 75% of the time but I still expect only to use a bus.

This seems highly like a political stunt or greed.

If she was that incapacitated by breathing issues, she would have wheelchair, then requiring a taxi. As she can walk, she can use a bus.

Many people suffer also and still use a bus ok.
I'm incapacitated 75% of the time but I still expect only to use a bus. This seems highly like a political stunt or greed. If she was that incapacitated by breathing issues, she would have wheelchair, then requiring a taxi. As she can walk, she can use a bus. Many people suffer also and still use a bus ok. greenpaws
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8:32am Sat 8 Dec 12

greenpaws says...

Bus stops are not far and bus services are quite reliable in Brighton and Hove.

It has nothing to do with the Greens. Look at the nutters go yapper!

Tories and Labour voted AGAINST more money for council.

Tories and Liberal are cutting BHCC NOT Greens.
Bus stops are not far and bus services are quite reliable in Brighton and Hove. It has nothing to do with the Greens. Look at the nutters go yapper! Tories and Labour voted AGAINST more money for council. Tories and Liberal are cutting BHCC NOT Greens. greenpaws
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9:56am Sat 8 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

There are a lot of pensioners who would like to attend 5 social events a week. Can we all expect financial support? Has she no friends going to these events who can pick her up?
There are a lot of pensioners who would like to attend 5 social events a week. Can we all expect financial support? Has she no friends going to these events who can pick her up? Morpheus
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10:27am Sat 8 Dec 12

Tallywhacker says...

£50 a week on taxi but can't pay £96 a month for council tax? Sorry but I don't expect my tax to pay for someones social life. Go out less, invite people over then they travel you don't.
£50 a week on taxi but can't pay £96 a month for council tax? Sorry but I don't expect my tax to pay for someones social life. Go out less, invite people over then they travel you don't. Tallywhacker
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12:33pm Sat 8 Dec 12

ourcoalition says...

Government cut to Council Budget, next year is £25million (it has gone up £11m in the last month, due to Government announcements - or further grant reductions, in plain english).
As a post above, says "Wake up and smell the coffee".
Do you want a decent society that treats the vulnerable, the old, and the disabled, in a civilised manner?
If so, get out there and do something - even if it's just a letter/email to your MP.
Government cut to Council Budget, next year is £25million (it has gone up £11m in the last month, due to Government announcements - or further grant reductions, in plain english). As a post above, says "Wake up and smell the coffee". Do you want a decent society that treats the vulnerable, the old, and the disabled, in a civilised manner? If so, get out there and do something - even if it's just a letter/email to your MP. ourcoalition
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1:19pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

And this lady is not the only one in the same position I imagine. Jason and his rag tag band don't give one jot about the people of Brighton and Hove.You all now have a chance and a responsibility to legally and constitutionally remove the Greens from power. Please sign our petition.
Vote of no confidence in the Green administration e- petition now live on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. If you love your city and want to end the waste and destruction of the Greens, please sign the petition. We need 1250 signatures to get this discussed in full council. Surely there are 1250 angry people in the city who want to make a difference? Save Our City.
http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
ID=360&RPID=6033530&
HPID=6033530
And this lady is not the only one in the same position I imagine. Jason and his rag tag band don't give one jot about the people of Brighton and Hove.You all now have a chance and a responsibility to legally and constitutionally remove the Greens from power. Please sign our petition. Vote of no confidence in the Green administration e- petition now live on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. If you love your city and want to end the waste and destruction of the Greens, please sign the petition. We need 1250 signatures to get this discussed in full council. Surely there are 1250 angry people in the city who want to make a difference? Save Our City. http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6033530& HPID=6033530 Dealing with idiots
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9:09pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Valerie Paynter says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
£50 a week on taxi but can't pay £96 a month for council tax? Sorry but I don't expect my tax to pay for someones social life. Go out less, invite people over then they travel you don't.
BHCC Adult Social Care and Health have been paying for people's social life for some years now - under their Direct Payment scheme.

When the Tories were in power and Ken Norman was the Cabinet Member for that Dept. I listened to Denise da Souza address a council meeting and felt sick as a pig.

She banged on about a retired woman who missed her workmates so BHCC awarded her the money to go and visit them. I've never forgotten it.

Disability Living Allowance has a mobility component and it is awarded by the Dept of Work and Pensions for getting around.

I can WELL believe this lady would struggle with buses and needs taxis. Indeed she probably specifies 'saloon' cars when she rings for one.

BHCC provides taxi vouches to the disabled who are unable to use buses. She may be too old to qualify for DLA but she should discuss this with her GP.

Disability is pretty humiliating on top of what aging and the losses that brings to most. She needs information, advice and help. I would not recommend to my worst enemy that they go to BHCC Adult Social Care & Health to get it!
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: £50 a week on taxi but can't pay £96 a month for council tax? Sorry but I don't expect my tax to pay for someones social life. Go out less, invite people over then they travel you don't.[/p][/quote]BHCC Adult Social Care and Health have been paying for people's social life for some years now - under their Direct Payment scheme. When the Tories were in power and Ken Norman was the Cabinet Member for that Dept. I listened to Denise da Souza address a council meeting and felt sick as a pig. She banged on about a retired woman who missed her workmates so BHCC awarded her the money to go and visit them. I've never forgotten it. Disability Living Allowance has a mobility component and it is awarded by the Dept of Work and Pensions for getting around. I can WELL believe this lady would struggle with buses and needs taxis. Indeed she probably specifies 'saloon' cars when she rings for one. BHCC provides taxi vouches to the disabled who are unable to use buses. She may be too old to qualify for DLA but she should discuss this with her GP. Disability is pretty humiliating on top of what aging and the losses that brings to most. She needs information, advice and help. I would not recommend to my worst enemy that they go to BHCC Adult Social Care & Health to get it! Valerie Paynter
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9:27pm Sat 8 Dec 12

ourcoalition says...

Valerie Paynter wrote:
Tallywhacker wrote:
£50 a week on taxi but can't pay £96 a month for council tax? Sorry but I don't expect my tax to pay for someones social life. Go out less, invite people over then they travel you don't.
BHCC Adult Social Care and Health have been paying for people's social life for some years now - under their Direct Payment scheme.

When the Tories were in power and Ken Norman was the Cabinet Member for that Dept. I listened to Denise da Souza address a council meeting and felt sick as a pig.

She banged on about a retired woman who missed her workmates so BHCC awarded her the money to go and visit them. I've never forgotten it.

Disability Living Allowance has a mobility component and it is awarded by the Dept of Work and Pensions for getting around.

I can WELL believe this lady would struggle with buses and needs taxis. Indeed she probably specifies 'saloon' cars when she rings for one.

BHCC provides taxi vouches to the disabled who are unable to use buses. She may be too old to qualify for DLA but she should discuss this with her GP.

Disability is pretty humiliating on top of what aging and the losses that brings to most. She needs information, advice and help. I would not recommend to my worst enemy that they go to BHCC Adult Social Care & Health to get it!
I have difficulty believing that Valerie Paynter actually would say the above rubbish. When you are knocking BHCC ASC, you are rubbishing 1,000 decent, hard-working, home carers, residential workers, social workers, and, dare I say it, the so-called "back office staff", who despite the appalling names they are called, actually keep the whole of the service functioning.

If you want to keep the minimal service we now have for the elderly, then you need to fight for it.

This is nothing to do with a Green Council, or a blue or red one, but the reality of this Governments cuts.

And on Denise D'Souza - I have weekly disagreements with her and other managers in ASC, but I have never had cause to question her integrity!

If you want a decent country, then your fight is with the Government and big business, not with your own people in BHCC.
[quote][p][bold]Valerie Paynter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: £50 a week on taxi but can't pay £96 a month for council tax? Sorry but I don't expect my tax to pay for someones social life. Go out less, invite people over then they travel you don't.[/p][/quote]BHCC Adult Social Care and Health have been paying for people's social life for some years now - under their Direct Payment scheme. When the Tories were in power and Ken Norman was the Cabinet Member for that Dept. I listened to Denise da Souza address a council meeting and felt sick as a pig. She banged on about a retired woman who missed her workmates so BHCC awarded her the money to go and visit them. I've never forgotten it. Disability Living Allowance has a mobility component and it is awarded by the Dept of Work and Pensions for getting around. I can WELL believe this lady would struggle with buses and needs taxis. Indeed she probably specifies 'saloon' cars when she rings for one. BHCC provides taxi vouches to the disabled who are unable to use buses. She may be too old to qualify for DLA but she should discuss this with her GP. Disability is pretty humiliating on top of what aging and the losses that brings to most. She needs information, advice and help. I would not recommend to my worst enemy that they go to BHCC Adult Social Care & Health to get it![/p][/quote]I have difficulty believing that Valerie Paynter actually would say the above rubbish. When you are knocking BHCC ASC, you are rubbishing 1,000 decent, hard-working, home carers, residential workers, social workers, and, dare I say it, the so-called "back office staff", who despite the appalling names they are called, actually keep the whole of the service functioning. If you want to keep the minimal service we now have for the elderly, then you need to fight for it. This is nothing to do with a Green Council, or a blue or red one, but the reality of this Governments cuts. And on Denise D'Souza - I have weekly disagreements with her and other managers in ASC, but I have never had cause to question her integrity! If you want a decent country, then your fight is with the Government and big business, not with your own people in BHCC. ourcoalition
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