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Family Faced £10K Bill To Move Away From Disabled Daughter’s Rapist

September 20, 2019

A mother who discovered her disabled daughter’s rapist had moved next door was told she would have repay £10,000 to a council to leave her property.

Leicester City Council said modifications made to her home would incur a fee if the woman left within 10 years of the changes being made.

But the local government watchdog ruled against the council, adding it should apologise.

The council said it was a “complex case” and it had accepted the ruling.

In a report, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) detailed that in 2012 Leicester City Council gave the woman a Disabled Facilities Grant of £24,000 for improvements to the home.

But later the woman, who with diagnosed with cancer, found out a man who had raped her disabled daughter had moved next door, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The LGO said he had “lived away for a long time” but moved back and was permanently living next door, prompting the mother’s decision to leave the property.

But she said the £10,000, which was expected to be repaid to the council restricted her opportunity to move.

After the daughter provided proof the rape did take place, the council changed its mind and granted an exception.

The LGO report concluded: “The last eight months have had an impact on both the mother and daughter’s mental health, with the daughter needing to seek support from the crisis team.”

It ruled Leicester City Council should apologise and provide proof of the apology.

A council spokesperson said the ombudsman initially found in the council’s favour.

They added: “The complainant then provided new information which we had not been able to consider before, and based on this new information we changed our decision and agreed for the £10,000 grant not to be paid back.”

They said initial evidence indicated repaying the £10,000 would not cause financial hardship to the family, but: “The Ombudsman then changed its report to find against the council, and instructed us to apologise for not taking all factors into consideration, and for delay, which we have done.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2019 11:03 am

    Reblogged this on Journeys In Words And On Wheels and commented:
    What planet are these people on?? And how on earth did a rapist end up next door to his victim?

  2. October 2, 2019 3:34 pm

    WTF??? Proof the council’s are picking off the disabled to me!!! After all each council home is done via ‘allocation’ now….I actually had my local councillor tell me she would would never have allowed my housing choice. Good job I exchanged my three bed house – that I could not maintain and lived in the front room without access to a bathroom – on facebook because after three years of waiting I was about to top myself. I investigated and discovered what was happening and reported it to the fraud squad and my local council. They tell me it’s being investigated. Equal opportunities told that the housing allocation is outside of usual remits…

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