The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned councils are “struggling to cope” with growing rates of homelessness after two cases where adults were not found suitable accommodation and councils neglected to inform individuals about their right to appeal their temporary accommodation.

A disabled man was left to sleep rough and ‘sofa surf’ for more than three months when Windsor and Maidenhead council were slow to find him a temporary residence, the ombudsman said.

In the second case, Rother district council placed an elderly woman, Mrs B, in “squalid, filthy and damp” temporary accommodation that was 14 miles away from her former home and GP.

After the woman’s landlord sought repossession of her privately-rented home, Mrs B and her son, Mr C, were left homeless.


Article originally published by Community Care: 27th March 2018

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