Fight still on for Pat to stay in home
DISABLED pensioner Pat Bagley may not get confirmation that she can stay in her Turner Road home until early next year, it emerged today.Miss Bagley was told she would have to move out of her home of the last 53 years just days after her mother died in August.
DISABLED pensioner Pat Bagley may not get confirmation that she can stay in her Turner Road home until early next year, it emerged today.
Miss Bagley was told she would have to move out of her home of the last 53 years just days after her mother died in August.
Initially she was given a 28-day deadline, but this was later extended to six months.
Since the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition took over at Civic Centre in September, however, the whole question of council home allocations has come under the spotlight.
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New housing spokeswoman Liz Harsant has said that finding a way for Miss Bagley to stay in her home is a priority - but is unable to make a firm commitment.
Today Mrs Harsant and fellow Conservative executive member Paul West - who is standing for the party at the next general election - were travelling to London to discuss council house allocations with shadow housing minister John Hayes.
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Mr West said: "I don't think there's anything Mr Hayes can do specifically on Miss Bagley's case, but we felt it was right to highlight this situation.
"We are aware that there are two sides to the question of housing allocations - and families on the waiting list may well take a different view.
"That's why we are undertaking a review and I understand it may not be ready to report back until January - but everyone wants to see a solution which would allow Miss Bagley to remain in her home."
Residents in the area started a petition for Miss Bagley to stay in her home after the Evening Star highlighted her plight last month.
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