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Stoke: A disabled man who sells his late wife’s belongings to pay the bills

Jason Alcock

Jason Alcock’s story sums up the reality some people with disabilities face amid rising prices (Image: PA)

A disabled man must sell his late wife’s belongings to keep himself afloat in the face of inflation.

Jason Alcock said he’s struggling to make ends meet amid the cost-of-living crisis hitting people across the country.

The 51-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent lives with autism, ADHD and bipolar disorder, conditions that make finding work extremely difficult.

As the prices of everyday goods soar to levels not seen in 40 years, he must make heartbreaking decisions to pay the bills.

His wife Paola died in 2018 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Jason collects money from valuable items she left behind to keep afloat.

He said: “I’ve found I’ve sold £8,000 worth of stuff over the past three years to survive.

Embargoed to 0001 Monday July 4 Undated handout photo of Jason Alcock with his wife Paola, who died in 2018. He was forced to sell his dead wife's belongings to cover living expenses in recent years. Issue date: Monday July 4, 2022. PA Photo. Mr Alcock's wife, Paola, died in 2018 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and his disabilities make it difficult for him to leave the house and interact with others. See PA story SOCIAL CostofLiving. Photo credit should read: Jason Alcock/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Jason Alcock’s wife Paola died in 2018 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Image: PA)

“Paola had a Star Wars collection, she used to do a lot of crafting. All these things, their old phones and tablets and so on, it’s all been sold.

“A lot of things I would have liked to have saved – they meant something to me – have all been sold.

“I’m at the point now where I have nothing left to sell.”

Calling for an overhaul of the benefits system for people with disabilities, he said: “Since (Paola died) there hasn’t been a month that I haven’t had to top up my money by selling something in the house. I shouldn’t do that.’

Jason, whose conditions make it impossible for him to leave home, is dependent on Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and a Severe Disability Award.

Embargoed to 0001 Monday July 4 Undated handout photo of Jason Alcock at his home, he was forced to sell his dead wife's belongings to cover living expenses for the last few years. Issue date: Monday July 4, 2022. PA Photo. Mr Alcock's wife, Paola, died in 2018 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and his disabilities make it difficult for him to leave the house and interact with others. See PA story SOCIAL CostofLiving. Photo credit should read: Jason Alcock/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Jason can’t leave the house and says it’s getting harder and harder to budget for his weekly grocery delivery (Picture: PA)

He said he was due to qualify for the £800 support announced by Rishi Sunak in May but described it as “a band-aid on a gaping chest wound”.

Fears continue to grow that the UK’s financial tightness could plunge into recession as households cut back on spending.

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday that rising inflation will hit Britain harder than any other major economy during the current energy crisis and that manufacturing is likely to ease earlier and be more intense than others.

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