A former RAF nurse protesting against "unfair" council tax bills for older people says she is prepared for jail.
Beryl Pearce has four grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way
Beryl Pearce, 85, has refused to pay two months of her annual £941 bill and owes Test Valley Borough Council £86.
Mrs Pearce was summoned to Andover Magistrates' Court on Tuesday where the council was granted a liability order.
The order gives extra powers to the council to pursue the debt. But the grandmother remained adamant. "It's a case of heat or eat," she said.
Mrs Pearce, a nursing orderly during Word War II, believes the government has ignored calls to make the tax fairer for the elderly.
The mother-of-two, from Andover, who will be 86 next month, said: "We have had petitions to parliament, marches. They have taken absolutely no notice.
"With the prisons being full - there's a lot of us doing this - they will have a problem and will have to think about what they are doing.
"I think it really is unfair. We are all paying the same for accommodation, for people on a pension it's a struggle.
"It's a case of heat or eat - where's the justice in that?
"I have worked since I was 14 and I have served my country. I have nursed in old people's homes since the war."
The widow, who has four grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way, added: "I'm not really worried about prison.
"I have been through worse things in my life.
"I'm not worried about going to jail. I think it would only be for a month.
"Some people are rich and it's a small amount they are having to pay out of their income, and yet a little old lady is paying nearly all her income in tax."
A council spokeswoman said: "A custodial sentence is a last resort and we would hope to resolve it before it got to that stage."