Wounded soldier forced to live in tent

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  1. The same old story again. By God it makes me want to scream and break things.

    The "spokesman" for Taunton Deane Borough Council may seem a good starting point but it is the rotten housing system that needs breaking.

    Wounded soldier forced to live in tent after being made homeless by local council upon return from Iraq

    A hero soldier suffering from the horrors of Iraq claims he has been forced to move into a tent with his family after being abandoned by the Army and left homeless by his local council.

    Lance corporal Scott Whyte, 30, suffered a physical and mental breakdown and has been diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

    Father-of-one Scott was left traumatised after he was caught in an enemy ambush and had to flee for his life after the ensuing battle near Basra.

    Loving wife Lisa, 34, left her job to be his full-time carer because Royal Engineer Scott can barely walk.

    Doctors have warned he will soon be wheelchair-bound because of clogged arteries in his legs, hips and back brought on by his gruelling Army training.

    But the couple, who have an 11-year-old daughter Rebecca, say they will be homeless next month as the council has refused to house them.

    They say the Army has "abandoned" them and their only option is to live in a tent on the lawn of Scott's mother's one-bedroom home.

    Distraught Lisa said: "It's a completely ridiculous situation. Scott served two tours in Iraq fighting for his country and they have left us homeless.

    "The council say there is no accomodation for us and want us to let Rebecca live with relatives, while we stay in a B&B.

    "I'm not sending my daughter away and it would be disastrous for Scott as he is very unstable and needs to be in a quiet environment.

    We have a tent and I'm quite seriously prepared to pitch it up and live on my mother-in-law's lawn if that's what it takes. I'm at the end of my tether at the moment."

    Scott married Lisa 10 years ago he and joined the Army in 1999. He served eight months in war-torn Iraq with his regiment and returned in early 2004.

    Lisa told how proud she was of Scott and was "happier than ever" when the family moved to Claro barracks in Yorkshire, where she worked as an Army administrator.

    But Scott saw a lot of action during his second tour in Iraq including being caught up in a crossfire alone after becoming separated from his unit.

    He suffered severe Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and was eventually discharged in April 2006 with a disability pension.

    Lisa claims he was offered no counselling by the Army and his health had suffered so dramatically he will soon be wheelchair-bound.

    The couple are currently living in private rented accommodation in Wellington, Somerset, but will have to leave on May 19 as the house has been sold.

    Unable to afford a deposit on a new house, Lisa, who gave up work to care for Scott, said she had hoped they would be allocated a council house.

    But housing officials, who allocate homes on a points system, said the family was not a priority and would have to split up.

    They have been told Scott and Lisa will have to live in a B&B, while Rebecca, who will sit her SATs a week later - must live with relatives.

    Lisa added: "All I want is a home where we can get our lives back on track. If we have a small place in a rural area that's all we need.

    "We were told being in the Army meant we would be given a council house but it seems they just don't care.

    "Scott always wanted to join the Army, like his father and brother had. At his passing-out parade, I was the proudest woman in the world.

    "But now I feel like the Army has hung him out to dry. They have done nothing to help us in this situation and I feel I'm dealing with this all on my own, which is terrifying."

    Local councillor Bob Bowrah, an ex-serviceman and former housing chairman called on the council to act.

    He said: "This is very harsh treatment for a man who has fought for his country and questions need to be asked about it.

    "I know the council has certain properties available for urgent cases and this family should have that option available to them."

    Taunton Deane Borough Council have refused to comment on this specific case.

    But a spokesman said: "Applicants facing possible homelessness are allocated an individual case worker, and receive comprehensive advice and support, including financial help in appropriate cases, through the council's Home Solution Scheme.

    "It's clearly a difficult time for families in this situation, particularly in an area such as Taunton Deane where housing is in such high demand."


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=557794&in_page_id=1770
     
  2. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Letter sent to the idiots who run this excuse for a council!

    council website

    Complaints e-mail address;

    enquiries@tauntondeane.gov.uk

    Dear Sir/Madame,
    I am writing to you to express my complete disgust at the threatment
    of Lance corporal Scott Whyte & his family as seen in the national
    press.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=557794&in_page_id=1770

    As a ex-serviceman I find your councils lack of humanity & compassion
    in this case heartless & as to the comment made by one of your so
    called councillers,I am speechless!
    I also refer you to your charter which says;

    As part of our agreed standards, we will:

    * promote equality regardless of race, religious belief,
    disability, gender, sexual orientation or age
    * not discriminate nor permit discrimination against anyone

    * encourage you to comment on our services. We welcome feedback
    and investigate any complaint made about our services

    This I feel you have broken.But then I dont think you care either way.


    Taunton Deane Borough Council have refused to comment on this specific case.

    "But a spokesman said: "Applicants facing possible homelessness are
    allocated an individual case worker, and receive comprehensive advice
    and support, including financial help in appropriate cases, through
    the council's Home Solution Scheme.

    "It's clearly a difficult time for families in this situation,
    particularly in an area such as Taunton Deane where housing is in such
    high demand."

    This is a man who fought for his country & was seriously injured in
    action,I suppose had he been an assylum seeker or drug addict he would
    have been more welcome.The fact he is seriously injured & has a loving
    wife & child matters not to you.

    Your insensitivity has caught the attention of a lot of servicemen &
    I'm sure they will equally be as disgusted as I am.
    I doubt you will reply to my e-mail but rest assured I will be
    bringing this up with my MLA & ask her to raise the issue in the House
    of Commons.

    Yours sincerly,
    Spike7451 RAF (Retired)
     
  3. Spike,
    Hope you don't mind, but i copied , slightly edited and forwarded your email to my local MP (Ben Bradshaw)
    I'm fuming
    in fact that hardly even scratches the seething hatred i'm starting to feel for the petty jobsworth in Taunton Deane Council.
    However, I am a better person than him/her.
    Even my mother in law is commenting(ex-wren)
    as this is happening literally on her doorstep
    Lets hope a little not so gentle persuasion and adverse media coverage makes Taunton Deane have a re-think
     
  4. Once again I am speachless but then am I really surprised that this guy and his family are getting put through the wringer like this? Email being sent to council, I dearly hope that it will help.
     
  5. Anyone know if the REA are aware? if not then maybe someone at Brompton can give them the heads up?
     
  6. I believe that the Human Rights Act might come into play here...

    The council want to split the family, however - when an old boy and his wife were going to be forced to live apart by their local council because it refused to do anything other than put them in separate care homes, a lawyer stepped in and pointed out that everyone is entitled to the right to a family life (even convicts - we've had 'outraged of arrse' threads about this before). The council caved in more quickly than a slightly nervous battalion of Italians finding themselves facing a battalion of Gurkhas and suddenly discovered that it could find a means of allowing the couple to live together.

    Edit - Link to Torygraph story. I'm sure the case I was thinking of is more recent than this story, though

    It'd seem that exactly the same rules apply here: the council is attempting to split the family for the council's convenience, and this would appear to be a prime facie breach of the human rights of the parents and of the child.

    I'm not a lawyer, but the case of the couple and this family seem awfully similar...
     
  7. Well said, that man.
     
  8. I am absolutely disgusted by this. Everyone knows that local councils are amongst the most corrupt forms of government in this country. The fact that they should treat a family like this is an utter disgrace. Perhaps a lobby of MP's via the 'net and leaking this to some of the more sympathetic papers may help?

    stab
     
  9. Words fail me.
    john
    If he was an illigal immigrant he would be treated better.
     
  10. LINK
    This is totally unacceptable expecting a child to go and live with relatives , This young girls sats are very important to her .
    The council should find accomadation for this family firstly because they are a family ,A vetran and his medical problems should all been taken in to account .
    the council as a system where if you are faced with being homeless and having a child you are allocated extra points and put to the top of the list for accomdation .
     
  11. Fcuking bar stewards!
     
  12. Link: LIFE IN A TENT FOR IRAQ HERO

    http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=247715&command=displayContent&sourceNode=247705&contentPK=20343250&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch

    Some members here said, on here, that veterans should "buy their fking house " and others disagreed, stating that it's not always that simple. I know (from hard experience) it's not that simple. Seems it's not that simple for this guy, either.

    Quote "A hero soldier suffering from the horrors of Iraq claims he has been forced to move into a tent with his family after being abandoned by the Army and left homeless by his local council. " unquote

    Chances are, this guy could slip into homelessness and further complications with health, social problems and the dangers of addiction. Basically, on a hiding to nothing. How many more?

    Your thoughts....?
     
  13. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    Service Charities are on the case ... and he has been helped before, I believe.
     
  14. Thank heavens for arrse. However, his problems are probably complicated and cannot be solved with "a bit of help". he probably doesn't have the wherewithall, to cope and stay afloat.

    Combat Stress I believe, go looking for these people. if he needs specialist help, that's where he should go, isn't it?

    He could end up in the homeless system, mixed in with all sorts, which he doesn't deserve.

    From experience, he hasn't got much time, things move downwards very fast and then it's bigger problems. I wouldn't rely on the system to help, having been there myself, his best hopes are his own people, and Combat Stress.
     
  15. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
    1. Battlefield Tours

    They are in privately rented at the moment & I suspect they will be again.
    Difficult to comment without knowing the exact circumstances but I have dealt with a couple of similar cases this year & non of them are 'living in a tent'.