Anger af­ter dis­abled woman ‘forced from home’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

ANGUS Coun­cil has been ac­cused of forc­ing a vul­ner­a­ble For­far woman with se­vere learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties from her home af­ter fail­ing to stem a wa­ter leak in her house.

Lind­sey Grassie, 55, has been given tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion with one of her car­ers af­ter wa­ter be­gan leak­ing through her kitchen ceil­ing.

Her brother Grant ex­plained the leak had been go­ing on for 11 days, but Lind­sey has only been able to se­cure short-term al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

He said the ex­pe­ri­ence is caus­ing his sis­ter con­sid­er­able dis­tress, adding: “This is re­ally un­set­tling for Lind­sey.

“I am her wel­fare guardian and em­ploy six full time staff and four bank staff to look af­ter her. I have heard noth­ing from the coun­cil. Be­cause I em­ploy staff I was told I was li­able for in­sur­ance.

“I tried to get emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion for her but was told the coun­cil has noth­ing in the whole of Angus. I spoke to the so­cial work’s week­end out-ofhours team but noth­ing has been done at all.”

Grant ex­plained that what started as a trickle is now a steady stream. He added: “The whole thing is ridicu­lous. No­body knows where the stop­cock is.”

A coun­cil spokesman said: “We un­der­stand the leak may orig­i­nate from a neigh­bour­ing ad­dress which is pri­vately owned and for which we have not been given ac­cess. We con­tinue with ef­forts to bring this to a swift and sat­is­fac­tory con­clu­sion for all.

“Tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion is very lim­ited in terms of im­me­di­ate avail­abil­ity and we will al­ways ask if peo­ple are able to stay with rel­a­tives or friends in the first in­stance.”

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