Friday, 10 June 2016

Watchdog Slams Council's Illegal 'Gatekeeping'

A council broke the law through its homelessness service’s “aggressive gatekeeping”, a watchdog has found. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) ordered Eastbourne Borough Council to pay £2,300 after concluding that council officers failed to follow the law and its own policies when handling a vulnerable man’s homelessness application. The ombudsman’s report said Eastbourne Council turned ‘Mr X’ away, despite the fact that he had mental health problems and had been sectioned in the past. The council eventually accepted a duty to house Mr X, but in the meantime he had been evicted, slept rough and lost his possessions. Read more on Inside Housing.

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