Friday, June 27, 2008
pensioners were being forced to choose between eating and heating.
A Somerset pensioner was so tormented by rising household bills he electrocuted himself after the latest Budget, an inquest was told. The daughter of 92-year-old war veteran George Mechan told a hearing she found him at his home in Mark, near Burnham-on-Sea, slumped in an armchair on March 13, the day after Alistair Darling's House of Commons address. He had taped wires to his fingers and killed himself surrounded by newspaper articles about the Chancellor's economic blueprint, the hearing in Taunton was told. The widower had become increasingly concerned about the rising cost of living and his family believe the Budget in March was the final straw.