A widow claims she “can’t grieve” because of a Glasgow City Council “admin error”.

June Connolly was left devastated after her husband Charlie Connolly, 66, suddenly died of a heart attack in March despite her resuscitation attempts.

Since then the 58-year-old, from Easterhouse, has been pleading with her local authority as she claims she has not been receiving the correct council tax benefits.

She claims this left her with larger incorrect bills that she struggled to pay during the cost-of-living-crisis.

Glasgow Times: June Connolly has had problems with her council billsJune Connolly has had problems with her council bills (Image: Colin Mearns)

June told the Glasgow Times: “Losing someone that is a massive part of your life is very traumatic, it is unbelievable.

“My heads all over the place and I need to spend all my time trying to sort out council tax bills, I can’t even grieve.

“I have had so much paperwork to go through and need to try and make sense of it, it has been a nightmare.

“I should be getting council tax benefits as I’m not working. All Charlie’s finances are being included in the council's calculations, even care allowance and ESA which I don’t receive.

“It means they think I am bringing in more money than I am, my bill has gone from £14 a month to £152.56, it is very stressful.

“I can’t handle all these big bills I shouldn’t be getting, especially during the cost-of-living crisis, I am already going through enough. I just want this sorted.”

Charlie had a stroke in November 2022 before he had a massive heart attack in March 2023.

The couple had been together for 13 years and married for 11, leaving June heartbroken over his loss.

She said: “It has been really hard losing Charlie, I am suffering a lot of stress and finding it hard to process.

“It is frustrating I have to go public as a grieving widow, but I need help and the council haven’t been listening to me.

“I can’t work because of health issues so large bills are a worry, especially when they are wrong.

“I am just trying to sort this big mess out, but it has taken months.

“It’s hard enough losing someone you love dearly and trying to come to terms with the trauma, how are you also expected to deal with all this paperwork? 

"The Citizens Advice Bureau have tried their best but they are restricted on what they’ve been able to do."

The Glasgow Times contacted Glasgow City Council about the bill blunder to which the local authority apologised for and have now offered to correct things for June.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “This has been an administrative error.

“We are sorry for the delay in resolving the matter and for the distress caused.”