Comment on: Gatekeeping casts doubts on homelessness data
We have been living in a single room in a B&B (breakfast we actually do not get) for the last 20 months thanks to our incompetent council! When we first approached out Local Authority (my partner had knee surgery and needed ground floor accommodation) they told us we were not a priority and we would have to wait, which was fair enough and we started looking for alternative accommodation. Soon after my partner-suffered stroke, that is when the Council turned us away time after time. Even when my partner was discharged from hospital, he had to do stairs on his backside in a communal entrance whilst awaiting heart surgery and still the Council did nothing! Only after 6 months, someone on the off chance in another borough mentioned the Homeless Persons Unit to us, we then approached our Council and were kept for 8 hours while they faffed about! They did exactly what Birmingham Council done, ignoring the fact that people are homeless at home and are in breech of their duty. When are people going to realize that Councils do not have homeless people, only people with housing needs….the fake it up so they can get their beacons and bask in the lime light while people suffer!
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