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Monday, 26 January 2015

Anothr Council abdicating responsibility

Cornwall Council refuses to house ex-soldier and family

Jamie and Charmaine Streets and their four children, Suvannah,  Briea,  Leo,  and Tyler

Since the mid 1980's Councils across England have been using the "intentionally homeless" reasoning to abdicate any responsibility for providing housing to families or even individuals, no matter what the circumstances of any particular case may be. Council housing officials often will say privately to councillors (I know because it has been said to me) that there is a chronic shortage of available housing due to government restrictions on building social housing.
This is, and has been for the past 30 years, an outrageous and unacceptable situation where ordinary and usually deserving families, are penalised for the failure of successive government policies in respect of housing provision.
I sincerely hope that Jamie and Charmaine Streets and their family will manage to resolve their current difficulties within a short timescale. It may well be that intervention from a Councillor or even MP, to have a "frank (and preferably one sided) discussion" with the relevant officials from Cornwall Council could impress upon these faceless bureaucrats that "meeting strict criteria" is a nothing more than a convenient cop out for housing officers who often cannot be bothered to find a solution. 
It never ceases to amaze me how, after interventions from third parties, a solution frequently seems to materialise from thin air as if by magic.
Good luck to Jamie and Charmaine.