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A grieving woman has been told to leave the council home she has been living in for the last two years while caring for her elderly mother.

Margaret Thomson, 66, had been living with and looking after her mother, Violet Rajwa, in Sheepshead Hill, Great Cornard, until Mrs Rajwa’s death on November 23.

Mrs Thomson asked to stay in the council-owned property after her mother’s death, but was told this was not possible.

While caring for her mother, she continued to rent but not live in her own council home in Chelsworth Avenue, but says she cannot return there because of the vivid memory of watching her husband suffer from illness before dying in the home two years ago.

Despite this, she has been told by the owner of both properties, Babergh District Council, that she has not been an official resident of Sheepshead Hill, or had it as her principle home, for the required time needed to meet conditions where it could pass to her, and therefore does not qualify to take over the lease.

Distressed by the thought of returning to the place where she witnessed her husband die, Mrs Thomson said: “I don’t know what I’ll do if I have to go back. I can’t stand being in that house. I can see him everywhere.

“For two years, this has been my home – I just can’t seem to make them see it.”

A Babergh District Council spokesman said: “A community housing officer has visited Mrs Thomson to discuss the matter in person.

“Succession is a legal process and is, therefore, being dealt with in line with regulations. We recognise that this is a difficult time for Mrs Thomson and appropriate support will be offered to her as necessary.”

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