58 year-old with Multiple Sclerosis living in homeless shelter to stage protest at council
- 14 Sep
A disabled man with multiple sclerosis who has been left living in a homeless shelter for more than a year is protesting today at Flintshire Council.
David Jones, 58, took the council to court after he was removed from the homeless list. He won an appeal at Mold County Court in April where Judge Milwyn Jarman QC reverted the decision and he was put back on the list. However he is still living in the same homeless shelter 5 months on and has been there for almost a year.
In the past Mr Jones has been offered a downstairs flat, which he claimed was unsuitable for his complex needs. More recently he said he was offered a property in Brynford, again which was unsuitable with the front door being too narrow for his wheelchair and access to the house being difficult.
Today he intends to protest at the council and stage a sit in at the council headquarters until someone comes to talk to him.
A Flintshire council spokeswoman said:
It would not be appropriate to comment in detail on Mr Jones’ case but the council has always worked with Mr Jones to seek a solution that will address his needs.
The director of community services office is contacting Mr Jones to arrange a personal meeting.
Mr Jones said:
I need appropriate facilities for my needs and I feel really let down by Flintshire council.
I had a telephone call from Neil Ayling's PA who explained that, due to his full diary, the earliest date he could meet with me was Friday September 28.
I explained that living with a progressive severe disability is a “now business” and declined the offer.
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