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It seems that much consideration has been given to the homeless but in my opinion a much more vulnerable group are those with physical disabilities.
People with physical disabilities even with the highest priority for housing have very little prospect of being housed due to a lack of adapted or adaptable properties.
Even when the disability means that person is living in conditions which do not meet their basic human rights they will not be rehoused until a property becomes available.
I have been on the waiting list for almost a year and I am no nearer being rehoused, even though my daughter has very complex needs which means she has the highest level of priority. South Lanarkshire council do not have a suitable property in Rutherglen for us, meaning my daughter is too disabled to live in Rutherglen forcing us to consider other areas, although the chances of being rehoused their is also extremely slim.
Never mind informed choice their is no choice at all, definitely no meaningful say in the type of house or where you want to live without being brandished "unreasonable" which the council then use as the reason they cannot find a suitable house for you.It needs to be definitive as to what is reasonable and what is not, certain number of areas, types of houses.
Council housing departments to my knowledge do not communicate with with social work to find solutions for people with specialised needs, they do not have a time limit for how long people with the highest priority should have to wait(could be forever)even though these are the people with the greatest need, they do not review these cases at regular intervals to my knowledge and they do not cross reference them to see if they could be considered homeless due to the unsuitabilty of their current homes, they do not consider human right implications and my council's housing department does not consider Getting It Right For Every Child places any additional statuatory requirements on them.
Getting priority is also a battle. It took me 6 months of appeals and fighting with the council before getting the highest level of priority that should have been awarded from the start. I also had to complain 3 times and my case is currently being investigated by the ombudsman. All of this is hassle after hassle when life is hard enough, especially when you are most vulnerable and needing help and what you get is problem after problem and a year on nothing has changed.
When having difficuly with a housing application I found it hard to get help when it was going wrong,Social Work nothing they can do rehousing is the only solution, M.P. hopeless, MSP did not even reply to email, Getting It Right For Every Child, nothing, Children's Rights Commisioner useless, just had to keep fighting on my own, then complain after and then go to the ombudsman and by then its too late.
In my experience the housing department lacked empathy and humanity and just wanted to process data and get us in the system and the computer would do the rest, you need to be on the list to be considered for a house. Even when awarded top priority you only get 1 offer at that priority which removes your safety net if you wanted to consider other areas or types of housing meaning you cannot take the chance of putting them on your application which then restricts you for fear of making a mistake, remember that the lack of suitable properties means the likelyhood of another move non existant so you just cannot afford to make a mistake.

From , 31/10/2011 Tagged as: disability, housing priority, adaptations

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  1. good call sir I am high priority medical for a bottom flat and nearing a year myself but a larger proportion of homes are allocated on general list 19% and only 4% for High priority medical

    Alan Parker, Shettleston, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 2:36:58 PM