A few days ago I welcomed two women from the Dearne to Westminster.
They were among 50 ‘kinship’ carers who had come to talk to MPs – grandparents and other relatives who raise children who can no longer live with their parents.
As Julie, from Goldthorpe, and Karen, from Wath, told me, they just wanted to keep the children in the family.
They stepped in because they loved the child and wanted to do the right thing – but suddenly taking on a full-time caring role in your 50s or 60s can come at a high price.
Pembrokeshire bedroom tax campaigner takes protest to Westminster
10:02am Tuesday 19th November 2013 in County News
Campaign: Paul Rutherford outside the Houses of Parliament.
BEDROOM tax campaigner Paul Rutherford has taken his case from Pembrokeshire to Westminster.
The 56-year-old grandfather and his wife Sue provide round-the-clock care for their profoundly-disabled grandson, Warren, aged 13.
Their case, first highlighted in the Western Telegraph, has now been put forward by the Child Poverty Action Group as the very first judicial review challenge of the discretionary housing payment – known as the bedroom tax – on behalf of children who need overnight care.
Although the Rutherfords, who live in Clynderwen, have been successful in an appeal to Pembrokeshire County Council over the ‘spare’ bedroom in their housing association bungalow, Mr Rutherford has vowed to keep on campaigning against what he says is the injustice of the levy.