Coun­cil forced to house woman who re­fused flat

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A JUDGE has or­dered the coun­cil to house a sin­gle mother and her three chil­dren – de­spite the fact she re­fused the of­fer of a flat be­cause it was too far away from fam­ily, friends and clients.

Beau­ti­cian, Mus­lima Begum, 28, was fac­ing evic­tion from her rented home in Asholme Close, Hodge Hill, and pleaded with the coun­cil to help her.

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil ac­cepted she was in pri­or­ity need of hous­ing, and of­fered her a new home in Heanor Croft, As­ton, three miles way.

But she claimed that was too far away from her fam­ily, friends and clients.

An­other com­plaint about the Heanor Croft ad­dress was that the flat was up two flights of steps.

That would make it very dif­fi­cult to ma­noeu­vre a pushchair up­stairs and could “put the chil­dren’s safety at risk”. If forced to move into the “un­suit­able” flat, her life would be “al­most im­pos­si­ble”, she said.

She re­fused the of­fer, so the coun­cil told her she would not get an­other.

Now, how­ever, Judge David Grant has in­ter­vened on Ms Begum’s be­half and or­dered the coun­cil to ur­gently re­con­sider her case.

Up­hold­ing her ju­di­cial re­view chal­lenge, Judge Grant said there were “14 sub­stan­tial steps” lead­ing up to the flat.

And a coun­cil re­view­ing of­fi­cer had mis­tak­enly said there was only one flight of steps, when in fact there were two. There was noth­ing “im­plau­si­ble” about Ms Begum’s con­cerns, he added.

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil was or­dered to re­con­sider her home­less­ness ap­pli­ca­tion in the light of the judge’s rul­ing.

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