Written by : JACOB FUREDI
A desperately ill woman is living alone by candlelight without power or heating after her benefits were axed.
Donna Cross has lived in a crumbling room without electricity or gas for a year with only a stained sofa and duvet to keep her warm.
The 56-year-old says she is forced to warm up food at a friend’s house when she does have it and seeks solace in a library during the day to keep away from the cold.
She said her Employment and Support Allowance was cut last year which has led her to live in a freezing home.
Ms Cross says her health is deteriorating as she suffers from anaemia, type two diabetes and a chest infection that often causes her skin to bleed, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The 56-year-old, from Walton, Liverpool, said: “The worst thing is the constant cold.”
“It’s getting to winter. There are times when I’ve wanted to go up to the candle for heat. Even under the quilt I can still feel the cold.
“When the electricity goes off, I’m in total darkness. I can’t even read a book. It’s too cold to even get out under the duvet and get a biscuit.
“Normal houses are warmer than this, aren’t they?”