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Man takes his wife's ashes to council to prove she's dead in row over £8.62p.

A grieving husband says he was forced to take his wife's ashes to his council offices to prove she was dead. Shamsher Sagoo, from west Kent, says he was repeatedly hounded by his local Council for a housing benefit overpayment of £8.62p. The council sent numerous demands for the money, despite the fact his wife, Jeanette, had died.

Numerous demands for money had been addressed to Mr Sagoo's wife, who died in June at the age of 56 from aggressive endometrial cancer. Mr Sagoo from Edenbridge provided her death certificate - and would have been happy to return the overpayment - but the council wouldn't acknowledge her death.

The letter Mr Sagoo received demanding £8.62 from his late wife Credit: ITV

"We are extremely sorry we have caused distress to Mr Sagoo and accept we made a mistake. We have spoken with Mr Sagoo and expressed our deepest apologies and we are no longer requesting this money."

– Sevenoaks Council

Mr Sagoo says the council blunder added to the pain of losing his wife at the most difficult time - and hopes that lessons will be learned.

Click below to view Sarah Saunders' report.