Tax demand blow for grieving sister

PUBLISHED: 16:29 31 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

HEARTBROKEN Jenni Cattley has been threatened with the bailiffs over a £113 Council Tax demand for her sister, who died six months ago. Jenni was devastated when she received the final demand for the unpaid bill after her sister Angie Sheaf was found dead

HEARTBROKEN Jenni Cattley has been threatened with the bailiffs over a £113 Council Tax demand for her sister, who died six months ago.

Jenni was devastated when she received the final demand for the unpaid bill after her sister Angie Sheaf was found dead in a Norfolk wood weeks after going missing.

"My mother and I have struggled to pay for an unexpected funeral and then I received this bill," she said. "At first I was extremely worried because I thought my sister's affairs had been dealt with and I thought people were now going to come knocking at my door.

"I wasn't sure whether I was liable for the money. We had raided all our bank accounts to pay for the funeral. It was extremely upsetting on top of everything that has happened."

Jenni's sister Angela Sheaf, 39, of High Barns, Ely, was last seen in Cambridge on December 15 last year after catching a bus at the city's train station.

When she failed to contact her family they expected her to be found dead because she was an insulin-dependent diabetic and had just been released from Cambridge's Fulbourn Hospital where she had been treated as a voluntary patient.

Several weeks later her body was discovered in Norfolk.

Last week Jenni received a letter from East Cambridgeshire District Council claiming that her sister owed £113 Council Tax for the year 2006 to 2007.

If the money was not paid in full by yesterday (Wednesday) the letter warned recovery action would begin.

"I don't believe my sister paid full Council Tax when she was alive," said Jenni. "She lived off benefits for 14 years.

"This letter was so insensitive after all we have been through."

After the Ely Standard stepped in an East Cambridgeshire District Council spokesman said: "The demand was for an element of the Council Tax which had not been paid. In the circumstances, we are very happy to write off the debt.

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