Amputee who cannot access his home has been waiting to be rehoused for 15 months

Amputee who cannot access his home has been waiting to be rehoused for 15 months

Former labourer William Ilott can’t climb the flight of stairs leading up to the property

Former labourer William Ilott can’t climb the flight of stairs leading up to the property

An amputee unable to access his own home due to a small flight of stairs leading to it claims he has been “failed” by the council.

Former labourer William Ilott, from Cheltenham, had his left leg amputated above the knee in February 2016 and has been living at his daughter’s since.

The 62-year-old, who has been applying for council-owned bungalows, suffers chronic pain in his stump which prevents him using a prosthetic leg.

He said: “My daughter and her family thought I’d be staying in their living room for two weeks but I’ve now been there 15 months.

“The ridiculous thing is that the council are paying for my flat which has been empty the whole time – it’s crazy.

“I would just like to have a nice bath somewhere and I’m definitely in the way here, although my daughter is very polite.

“But she has three kids so there’s enough on her plate.”

Mr Ilott said he is on an emergency list of people waiting for housing with Cheltenham Borough Homes.

CBH said there is “no set waiting times for properties as it is subject to individual circumstances”.
William Ilott
Last year, Mr Ilott revealed he escapes worry by taking prescribed morphine and napping after the Government stopped his Employment and Support Allowance.

He claimed he provided documentation from his GP that states he is unfit to work but was told he had to apply for Jobseekers’ Allowance.

After he appealed the decision, it was overturned at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on January 18.

Mr Ilott added: “I was very relieved that they ruled in my favour but now I’m fighting the second battle.

“I have been failed by the council. I’m stuck and I don’t know which way I’m going.

“All I want is my own place but I have applied for bungalows that come up over and over again but to no avail.”
Peter Hatch, executive director of properties and communities for Cheltenham Borough Homes, said: “We understand Mr Ilott’s situation. Social housing is accessed by people using ‘Homeseekerplus’, this is the county’s letting system where providers are able to upload their empty properties.

“People register on the system and then are assessed in terms of their housing need: they are able to view and decide whether they want to ‘bid’ on the properties in the system.

“Mr Ilott is registered and has been assessed using agreed county-wide criteria, placing him along with other people in a ‘priority need’ banding: we would encourage Mr Ilott to continue to bid on all suitable properties.”

Former labourer William Ilott can’t climb the flight of stairs leading up to the property

Former labourer William Ilott can’t climb the flight of stairs leading up to the property

An amputee unable to access his own home due to a small flight of stairs leading to it claims he has been “failed” by the council.

Former labourer William Ilott, from Cheltenham, had his left leg amputated above the knee in February 2016 and has been living at his daughter’s since.

The 62-year-old, who has been applying for council-owned bungalows, suffers chronic pain in his stump which prevents him using a prosthetic leg.

He said: “My daughter and her family thought I’d be staying in their living room for two weeks but I’ve now been there 15 months.

“The ridiculous thing is that the council are paying for my flat which has been empty the whole time – it’s crazy.

“I would just like to have a nice bath somewhere and I’m definitely in the way here, although my daughter is very polite.

“But she has three kids so there’s enough on her plate.”

Mr Ilott said he is on an emergency list of people waiting for housing with Cheltenham Borough Homes.

CBH said there is “no set waiting times for properties as it is subject to individual circumstances”.

Last year, Mr Ilott revealed he escapes worry by taking prescribed morphine and napping after the Government stopped his Employment and Support Allowance.

He claimed he provided documentation from his GP that states he is unfit to work but was told he had to apply for Jobseekers’ Allowance.

After he appealed the decision, it was overturned at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on January 18.

Mr Ilott added: “I was very relieved that they ruled in my favour but now I’m fighting the second battle.

“I have been failed by the council. I’m stuck and I don’t know which way I’m going.

“All I want is my own place but I have applied for bungalows that come up over and over again but to no avail.”


Peter Hatch, executive director of properties and communities for Cheltenham Borough Homes, said: “We understand Mr Ilott’s situation. Social housing is accessed by people using ‘Homeseekerplus’, this is the county’s letting system where providers are able to upload their empty properties.

“People register on the system and then are assessed in terms of their housing need: they are able to view and decide whether they want to ‘bid’ on the properties in the system.

“Mr Ilott is registered and has been assessed using agreed county-wide criteria, placing him along with other people in a ‘priority need’ banding: we would encourage Mr Ilott to continue to bid on all suitable properties.”

Source: http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/health/amputee-who-cannot-access-home-84674

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