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Petition To The Church Of England's Pensions Board To Change Their Criteria

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This petition is for Miss Katy Pollock to remain in her current 'home' , a Church of England Clergy house. My name is Isobel and I am her younger sister. Our father passed away 6 weeks ago and now the Pensions Board Housing department have requested that Katy leave the property by the end of August at the very latest. Their are no provisions within the Church of England for adult children of deceased clergy. This includes associated charities which provide financial assistance with funeral costs etc. However all of these will help/house divorced widows/widowers!? I believe this is so wrong as our father was not divorced from us in fact we were all very close. When Katy requested to remain in the property and meet the monthly rent and abide by the tenancy agreement, this was refused as the charity does not include ourselves in their criteria. When Katy then requested to stay in the property until it was re-let this was also refused and she was told that if the property was not occupied within a nine week period of her leaving it would be sold. Katy's argument was that surely they would rather benefit financially by her paying the rent for the foreseeable future and enabling them to not have to sell the property. Apparently not! In brief the property was originally bought for our family to rent when my father retired. After five years there my father moved to South Devon to be 'semi' retired. After his time there he chose to move back to North Devon where he rented a one bedroom flat. It was a cheerful day that my father and Katy received the keys for our old family home. My father had been back in the house for one year to the day that he died. My father died from a terminal cancer, the original cancer presented itself while he was living in his one bedroom flat. My sister gave up her job and moved into this flat on a camp bed to care for him. Yet again Katy gave up a full time well paid job at the beginning of this year to care for my father. We had a difficult time as teenagers with our mother being very ill and living with our father in our 'family' home meant everything. To then end up back in the house was amazing. Katy has been selfless in her support to our father. I think its about time someone supported her. She has no home, no job, debt like the rest of us, if she goes to the council she will end up with a room in a shared house. My point is where is the 'charity' in this, where is the 'Christianity' in this? Please sign this petition and give Katy a home she very much deserves. If the Church of England change their criteria it will help others in the future also. Our endeavor is supported by the Arch Deacon and many clergy too. Thank you Isobel Rofner


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