‘I’ll stay put until I get my home back’

Marilyn Robinson-White and Sarah Robinson.
Marilyn Robinson-White and Sarah Robinson.

A widow camping with her daughter behind their former home has vowed to stay put despite the freezing weather.

Marilyn Robinson-White and Sarah Robinson are living in a tent on wasteland behind the house they were evicted from earlier this month.

The tent encampment in Kempston.

The tent encampment in Kempston.

She remains hopeful they will be allowed back into the property which was seized after she was made bankrupt in 2011 for not paying a £5,492 council tax bill.

Her legal bills have since risen to more than £50,000 as she fights to prove she was not liable to pay the tax.

She said: “The ideal outcome of this is that we go back in and Bedford Borough Council pays the costs. It will be a legal first to go back in. That’s why we are staying put.”

Mrs Robinson-White believes she was wrongly charged for the period between 2006 and 2011 as she was claiming carer’s benefit to look after her husband who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. He died in 2011.

The 63-year-old was given until Monday to remove her possessions from the house but now has a further 14 days.

She said: “I think they hope I will contact the agent to remove my goods but I won’t. We are still hoping this will be resolved.”

Bedford Borough Council has repeatedly offered Mrs Robinson-White full assistance and alternative accommodation. For a full response, turn to letters on page 16.