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David Bone may not be ill enough under Lewisham Council guidelines, but the officials’ decision is making him want to be dead. Is that the intention?

Who devises the regulations that dictate whether a person’s physical illnesses are enough to justify assisted housing? What are their qualifications and what criteria do they use?

Or is it just an arbitrary decision?

Be honest – the latter seems more likely.

A man with a lung disease said he is suicidal at the prospect of becoming homeless after the council decided he is ‘not in priority need’ for housing.

Lewisham Council decided to ‘terminate’ David Bone’s place at its hostel in Sydenham Hill because he doesn’t meet the appropriate legal definition of ‘physical or mental impairment’ needed to be listed as in priority need for homing by the council.

Mr Bone previously lived in a van for 10 months after he got divorced. He was given a space in the hostel six months ago and said he will now have to move out on October 26.

The council said he has the option to request a review of its decision.

Mr Bone suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a lung disease that causes breathing difficulties – and has arthritis in both knees, his lower back and his left shoulder. He has Atrial Fibrillation – a heart condition that gives him an irregular heartbeat – and suffers from depression, for which he has been sent for counselling by his GP.

He has been given a disabled blue badge by Lewisham Council that expires next July and he also receives Disability Living Allowance.

The 64-year-old said if he is moved out on October 26, he will sleep rough in his van.Coun

Source: Man ‘suicidal’ over being homeless after Lewisham Council decision | News Shopper


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