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Need help with my council

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Kimmylou89
Kimmylou89 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
Feel like i am getting no where with my council i have been on the bidding list for a 3 bed property since 2018 in band c (which band d is the lowest band u can have.) 
My husband was diagnosed with scoliosis and other back problems back in 2020 we ask ot to come out and do a home assessment due to him not being able to use the bath ( not standard size bath its smaller) they gave him at first a bath cushion but gave that bk wasnt helping at all was told we couldn't have a wet room put in for one we r a top floor flat and there are 3 flats below us and for 2 they said because we was on the bidding list for a bigger property we have ask are council to review are band as his now have problems using the stairs that go up to the flat 34 stairs in total. We got an email back saying yes you are in the right band due to disability and mirror overcrowding we have asked ot again to see if we can have an over bath shower put in they said no we have all ready done a home assessment and given it to the council. We asked the council if we could put are own power shower in if we paid for it they said yea of course you can but any adaptions you put in the flat that can't be taken away you will have to wait another 3 years on the bidding list. I don't think it's right my husband mental health has to suffer all because they don't want me to adapt my bathroom my husband has been strip washing for the last 6-8 months now as on his really bad days he can not handle the pain getting in and out of the bath and it done seem like they care about the pain he is in nearly ever day using the stairs to get to are car and back again up to the flat.
I have done the file complaint and got no where I feel like I am going mad and hitting a brick wall 
Any help would be much appreciated 

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    Social housing is a massive problem, a huge shortage and long long waiting list, I personally know someone who has been on a list for 8 years and hasn't even got to look at a property yet.
    Have you considered involving your local councillor (you should have three to chose from) ? although tbh I doubt there's much they could do.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,031 Disability Gamechanger
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    We asked the council if we could put are own power shower in if we paid for it they said yea of course you can but any adaptions you put in the flat that can't be taken away you will have to wait another 3 years on the bidding list.

    I don't understand that because it's not really an adaption. You would just be adding a power shower.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Kimmylou89
    Kimmylou89 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    @woodbine thank you for your post back to mine. 
    Yea we have tried them and they can't help we are bidding on every house that comes up but get 20 and above on every one I under stand there is a massive shortage but all I am asking is for the council to move us up the priority list a little bit or at least let us put a shower in with out making us wait another 3 years to be moved because we have made abaptions to the bathroom for my husband disabled needs

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,031 Disability Gamechanger
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    A power shower isn't really a disabled adaption because those that don't have a disability use power showers. I don't understand why they have told you this. If it was me then i'd be going back to your LL and asking, why they are saying this because the shower isn't specifically just for a disabled person. If it was any other adaptions for a disabled person then i could understand their reasons.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Kimmylou89
    Kimmylou89 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    @poppy123456@poppy123456 thank you for your reply. 
    Apparently it is according to my local council if you cant take it with you and it is permanently there then its an adaption I am with thanet direct council they are so rubbish it's unreal they would rather spend 3.6 billion pounds of there budget on a new railway station that we don't need than build affordable housing because we have a huge shortage here of them

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,031 Disability Gamechanger
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    If it was me then i'd install it anyway because being in band C it could be more than 3 years you'll be waiting. It's not just your area that has the huge shortage, it's most areas in the whole country.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Kimmylou89
    Kimmylou89 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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  • Kimmylou89
    Kimmylou89 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    If it was me then i'd install it anyway because being in band C it could be more than 3 years you'll be waiting. It's not just your area that has the huge shortage, it's most areas in the whole country.
    @poppy123456 I fully understand the local councils have got a huge shortage I just feel a bit pard off with excuses from them all the time when I speak to them. Also I have been on the bidding list since 2018 its not just the bathroom my husband has problems with the stairs leading up to are flat door is an issue as well as there are 4 lots of 7 stairs to go up as we r in a block of 4 flats and we are top. it's finding the money to do it as well I can buy the power shower but it's just not cheap getting some one to put it in as we have not got the greatest pressure my next door neighbour has got the water tank in her attic and she provides 14 different flats with the water to there bathrooms xx
  • Luchia
    Luchia Community member Posts: 309 Pioneering
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    Have you asked if you can have another assessment from Accessible Homes? I don't know what it's like for your council but here a Band C has a waiting list of over 10 years if they get an offer at all, Even Band B had a wait list of 2-6 years, Thankfully due to my health I was given Band B Medical(classed as highest priority here and no one has Band A - avg wait 2-12 months) so it's definitely worth chasing that up if possible?
  • Kimmylou89
    Kimmylou89 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    @Luchia yea band c and a or for ppl with medical issues but his needs not meet band a criteria apparently and have asked for another assessment from ot but they said no as there assessment is not going to change from the first one x
  • Luchia
    Luchia Community member Posts: 309 Pioneering
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    Ah works very different here, No one has been given Band A for a long time.

    Band A - 1 random offer(no viewing), if refused account closed and no further help

    Band B Medical - Highest Priority - 2-12 Months wait, Unlimited offers until property accepted

    Band B - High Priority - 2-6 years wait

    Band C - Low/Medium Priority - 6-12 years wait(unlikely to be offered a property), If offered made and declined account will be closed and no further support given.

    Band D - No Priorty - No offer will be made
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