2.2.2 Florence Foster
In 2000, Florence Foster was in her sixties. For a number of years, she had lived in a tenement in Dundee owned by a private landlord. As she describes in the programme, her accommodation was extremely damp and difficult to heat. There was green mould growing in the wardrobe in her bedroom, and all the window frames were rotten. She was dependent on electric fires for heating, which she had to pay for through a card meter. Her weekly income did not enable her to put sufficient cards in the meter to fend off the cold and damp, and her health suffered as a consequence. She moved to small flat in a sheltered housing scheme, where she was able to pay an all-in amount for rent and heating, an arrangement she preferred.