Ann Cumberland-Quinn has struggled since her Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was stopped following a review.
A former nurse claims she is living out of her car and has to eat dog food after suffering a cut to her benefits.
Ann Cumberland-Quinn, 56, who relies on a mobility scooter and crutches to get about, has struggled since her Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was stopped following a review in December.
She was then dealt a further blow when her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) benefit was slashed to £250 a fortnight from £375 in February of this year under government cuts.
Ann has been living in her car in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on and off with her dog Chanel since losing her social housing bungalow in Mildenhall in June 2015, which she claims was down to a mix up with her ESA payment she relied upon to pay the rent.
Since then she has been left feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of finding a home, relying instead upon homeless shelters and the goodwill of strangers.
“I’ve been living in a car for a year-and-a-half,” she told Cambridge News.
“I just park the car up wherever I can find because I’m ashamed. I’m keeping out of the way of everybody. I’ve had enough and I’m tired.
“My head is banging with all this.”
Ann claims she’d resorted to eating dog food to survive.
When asked how she was making ends meet, she said “I’m not OK, If you must know I’ve been eating dog food. ”