Appalling.

It seems this council visited a tenant with medical professionals (none of whom were his doctor), in order to have him sectioned and removed from his home, allowing officers to take possession.

They were stopped by the gentleman’s friends and supporters.

Suppose he had not had any?

An 81-year-old social housing tenant has been forcibly removed from his home in South London, despite public and political opposition. Artist Tony Healy had been fighting against the eviction from his housing co-op, where he has lived for more than 30 years. Until, that is, Lambeth council made an unexpected move: sectioning him under the Mental Health Act.

Lambeth council began eviction proceedings against Healy in 2012. His ‘short-life‘ property is owned by the council, which lets them to tenants for fixed-term periods. However, in 2015 all four Vauxhall parliamentary candidates fought against the eviction of vulnerable tenants from these properties. They wrote to Lambeth council Chief Executive Sean Harriss about Healy’s case.

Despite this unified political opposition, Healy received another eviction notice dated 5 February 2016. The council then visited him on 2 March to persuade him to move voluntarily. According to Lambeth United Housing Co-op, the council were accompanied by medical health professionals.

On 3 March, Healy received a note saying he would be sectioned. Around 1am on the morning of 4 March he was taken to hospital, reportedly as a result of a second section order. He has also sustained a broken arm and hip for which he is being treated. Neighbours who have visited Healy say “these injuries appeared to have happened accidentally”. Campaigners against Healy’s eviction claim that Lambeth Council officers and bailiffs then tried to seize his house on 4 March, after he was removed. This effort was thwarted by his supporters.

Get involved!

Sign the petition against Tony Healy’s eviction

Attend the demonstration on 13 March against the Housing and Planning Bill, which will further exasperate social housing shortages

Source: This council has found a despicable way to forcibly remove elderly tenants | The Canary

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