Coun­cil urged to help dis­abled man find home


A SEVERELY dis­abled man who is in care but is ca­pa­ble of liv­ing in­de­pen­dently has been told he may not be able to get a home of his own, coun­cil­lors have heard.

The wheel­chair-bound man, re­ferred to as Mr K, has been given top pri­or­ity in a so­cial hous­ing scheme op­er­ated by Calderdale Coun­cil, but has been told that he may not be of­fered a prop­erty.

It costs around £1,100 a week to keep Mr K in care, and he is now on his sec­ond bid in the Key­choice hous­ing scheme for a home of his own, with no guar­an­tee of suc­cess.

Calderdale res­i­dent Ian Wood asked the coun­cil if it could in­ter­vene, us­ing pow­ers it has un­der the scheme to “di­rect let” Mr K a prop­erty. Mr Wood told a meet­ing of the coun­cil’s Cab­i­net: “His so­cial worker has said that he could live an in­de­pen­dent life in a suit­able prop­erty. His rent would be paid by hous­ing ben­e­fit and the coun­cil would re­ceive this rent back in the form of sub­sidy via the Gov­ern­ment. “Mr K is in dire need of a suit­able prop­erty but all he is told by staff is that he has to bid… and although his is ei­ther num­ber one, two or three in the queue he may not be of­fered the prop­erty.” Coun­cil leader Tim Swift, in­set, said a writ­ten re­sponse would be sent re­gard­ing gen­eral pol­icy and asked for de­tails to be emailed about the spe­cific case, with two se­nior of­fi­cers present at the meet­ing.

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