Ron Roberts says the summons is the “final insult” to his partner, Judy Mason after a “catalogue of problems” with the local authority dating back several years
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A grieving man has hit out after opening a court summons addressed to his late wife over unpaid council tax.
Ron Roberts says the summons is the “final insult” to his partner, Judy Mason after a “catalogue of problems” with the local authority dating back several years.
Judy had several chronic health issues and was registered blind and Ron said previous issues with the council involved waiting two years for bathroom renovations on their home.
They were also in dispute over Judy’s care package, which Ron told the Liverpool Echo was a huge burden on her life.
As a result of the disputes Judy had with Sefton Council, she had refused to pay her Council Tax since 2019.
He said she was “waiting for her day in court” to explain how she felt about the way she was treated by the council and expecting a summons.
But in June this year she went in for surgery to remove a toe, and after a number of delays to her surgery due to the pandemic and contracted Covid while in hospital.
Ron said: “She was very poorly and she survived it, I used to sit outside the Covid ward in the Royal speaking to her over the phone. It was a very scary time.”
Judy was then transferred to Aintree Hospital for rehabilitation, where she suffered a series of bleeds on the brain and died as Ron held her hand on September 29.
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Since then Ron says his “world has fallen apart” and he has struggled to deal with the grief of losing his partner of 21 years.
When he opened a letter addressed to his partner seeking a court summons for Judy’s unpaid council tax it “just added to the devastation.”
He said: “It was the final insult to Judy, after everything they put her through.
“We were ignored for years by Sefton Council, so she made a stand about how she had been treated and refused to pay Council Tax.
Ron claims Sefton Council had been informed of her death before the letter had been sent out and receiving it has made him “feel like giving up.”
He said: “It just feels like the odds were stacked against us and now she’s gone.
“We were treated like dirt, Judy was treated like that in life and now she is in her death too.
“They were definitely aware she is dead. I’ve made an appointment to speak to someone at the council before the court date.
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“It’s so sad, Judy would have gone and given them what for what they’ve done, they’ve never shown us any decency and they still aren’t now.
“She was beautiful inside and out, I feel lost without her, we were a team, Ron and Judy, and now it’s just Ron.
“I have to keep fighting for Judy, she deserved better.”
Sefton Council were approached for comment but said they “do not comment on individual cases.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.