Anger after disabled woman ‘forced from home’
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.”