24 year ex-Para to be remove from home adapted for his disabled son

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  1. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Whilst they deserve sympathetic treatment, the chap has known since about 1988 that one day he would not be entitled to live in an Army quarter.
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  2. I'm not sure how this is heartless. It could read "Serving soldier fails to make provision for housing his family in the 24 years he served while living in subsidised SFA."
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  3. It is a terrible state of affairs. Having served 24 years he should have sorted his admin out. He knew the situation and did nothing about it.
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  4. 24 years in and he never learned the 6 Ps.
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  5. From the report
    "The MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation had already told him they and the council would help find a suitable place to live."
  6. I have a lot of sympathy for the family but as I read it, he's in married quarters. The point of married quarters is that it's provided by the army for serving married soldiers and their families.

    Children with disabilities are catered for in terms of accommodation by local authorities. Specially adapted homes are actually fairly commonplace in terms of the need.

    It seems to me that this Soldier needs to manage his transition from married quarters to another specially adapted home so that his disabled son doesn't lose out in terms of the care that he needs.

    That might sound glib but I realise that dealing with local authorities isn't always the easiest thing to do and he probably needs advice on who to approach.

    If he knows where he wants to settle down, he should approach the local social services department. This child will be known to them anyway because he's probably already using some services from them. It's time for the social worker to "earn their pay" as they say.

    If he's not happy with progress, he can get on to a Councillor from the local authority who should be able to prioritise their efforts to assist the family and hopefully move things along. Of course, there is also the local Member of Parliament route as well if he thinks it will help.

    I wish him luck and a speedy conclusion to his housing needs for him and his family.
  7. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    A bit of Daily Mirror outrage may help, too.
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  8. Many Councils will respond to need and if you're already in adapted-for-purpose accommodation then you aren't in a great need, the eviction order creates the need.
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  9. It's already underway if this is correct?

    From the report
    "The MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation had already told him they and the council would help find a suitable place to live."
  10. It would be interesting to know if he bothered with resettlement or just thought **** it, I've got a civvy job, I don't need it.
  11. The Council will work on the principle that there's no hurry because he has somewhere appropriate to live. The MoD will be trying to hurry them up and the quickest way to do that is to apply for and obtain an eviction order, that lights a fire under the Council who have to pull their finger out. For the MoD it's called negotiating from a position of strength and is a well established route for getting ex-services the accommodation they need in civvi street.
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  12. I don't know if my heart strings have been plucked once too often.......

    but........"Boo Hoo Hoo I'm being kicked out of my speshull house, wiv my speshull kid by da baddass Army, a house to which I am no longer entitled, a fact I've known for years........Boo Hoo Hooo but I'm well speshull me!"

    ......Well it didn't work for me!

    Perhaps I should get therapy.......and make a claim....over exposure to media inflated tales of ex squaddie bad admin woe has made me really f@cking callous....then I too would be speshull....perhaps I'll get his house!
  13. ISTR reading that he had been "ordered" to sign some document signing away pension rights as the only option to being discharged, under some manning review, when his wife was pregnant ( and very ill with pre-eclampsia or summat ) 14 years or so back; he declined and was dicked about as a result, which didn't help his wife's condition. I don't recall the details, so the above is probably all wrong.

    I suspect (but don't know) that the real cause of this is that the local authority won't rehouse them because they aren't homeless. When they get evicted, then they are homeless, but can't leave the MQ before that because they'd be making themselves voluntarily homeless and so not eligible for council housing (edit; much as Markintime said, but he cunningly waited until I'd started fat-fingered typing before posting)

    It all makes for a good day-trip for the outrage bus.
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