One of Britain’s highest paid councillors told a single mother facing eviction to “live in the real world” when she asked for his advice.
Brian Coleman, a senior member of Boris Johnson’s administration and leading Barnet councillor, responded to Sharada Osman’s appeal for help by telling her that people in her situation should “deal with their own issues”.
Ms Osman, 39, today accused him of “hypocrisy” and called for an apology. Part-time student Ms Osman has lived in North Finchley for six years with her six-year-old son Kylan, who has learning difficulties.
She wrote this month to Mr Coleman, who is said to earn almost £120,000 a year, asking for help after her private landlord increased the rent for her home from £950 to £1,100. In an emotional email, unemployed Ms Osman told the Tory Assembly member that she was writing to him “out of desperation in hope that someone can offer some help and guidance”. Ms Osman told Mr Coleman that she wanted to avoid having to apply for a council house.