A grieving man received a Council Tax court summons for his partner who died two months ago.
Ron Roberts from Netherton says the summons is the “final insult” to his partner, Judy Mason, following a “catalogue of problems” with Sefton Council dating back several years.
Ron and his late partner Judy, who had several chronic health issues and was registered blind, said his past issues with the council involved waiting two years for bathroom renovations on their home.
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After their story was highlighted in the Liverpool ECHO in 2019, where Ron and Judy claimed they had been told to “use the gym” to wash, Ron said within days a new bathroom had been fitted.
However, the couple were also in dispute with the council over Judy’s care package, which Ron claimed did not help her with the social aspects of her life and only focused on personal care, leaving his partner “missing out on her independence, on taking part in her community.”
As a result of the disputes Judy had with Sefton Council, Ron said she had refused to pay her Council Tax since 2019.
He said she was “waiting for her day in court” to explain how she felt about the way she was treated by the council and expecting a summons.
However, in June this year Judy went in for surgery to remove a toe, and after a number of delays to her surgery due to the pandemic, she then contracted covid while in hospital.
Ron said: “She was very poorly and she survived it, I used to sit outside the covid ward in the Royal speaking to her over the phone. It was a very scary time.”
Judy was then transferred to Aintree Hospital for rehabilitation, where in September she suffered a series of bleeds on the brain, tragically dying as Ron held her hand on September 29.
Ron said that since then his “world has fallen apart” and he has struggled to deal with the grief of losing his beloved partner of 21 years.
When he opened a letter last week addressed to his partner to find a court summons for Judy’s unpaid council tax it “just added to the devastation.”
He said: “It was the final insult to Judy, after everything they put her through.
“We were ignored for years by Sefton Council, so she made a stand about how she had been treated and refused to pay Council Tax.
Ron claims Sefton Council had been informed of her death before the letter had been sent out and receiving it has made him “feel like giving up.”
He said: “It just feels like the odds were stacked against us and now she’s gone.
“We were treated like dirt, Judy was treated like that in life and now she is in her death too.
“They were definitely aware she is dead. I’ve made an appointment to speak to someone at the council before the court date.
If you have been affected by any of the details mentioned in this story there are people who can help you.
Most people grieve when they lose something or someone important to them.
The way grief affects you depends on lots of things, including what kind of loss you have suffered, your upbringing, your beliefs or religion, your age, your relationships, and your physical and mental health.
Grieving is a totally normal process but there are way to get help if you need support.
Your GP is a good place to start. They can give you advice about other support services, refer you to a counsellor, or prescribe medication if needed.
Or you can contact support organisations directly, such as Cruse Bereavement Care (0808 808 1677) Samaritans (116 123) or Love Jasmine.
“It’s so sad, Judy would have gone and given them what for what they’ve done, they’ve never shown us any decency and they still aren’t now.
“She was beautiful inside and out, I feel lost without her, we were a team, Ron and Judy, and now it’s just Ron.
“I have to keep fighting for Judy, she deserved better.”
Sefton Council were approached for comment but said they “do not comment on individual cases.”
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