Monday 23 October 2017

Disabled people unable to buy adapted houses from the council

By David Looby

Cllr Davy Hynes.
Cllr Davy Hynes.

Disabled people are not able to purchase specially adapted houses from Wexford County Council.

Cllr Davy Hynes said he knows of a female wheelchair user who has requested to buy a local authority house but who has been refused as the council does not sell these houses.

'They are not allowed to buy their house so they are being penalised because we are not selling our houses that are adapted. Our tenant purchase policy scheme needs to be looked at because at the minute she is excluded. This needs to be pursued and changed. The circusmtances of the individual need to be looked at.'

Director of Services for Housing, Environment and Emergency Services John Carley said a national review is under way this year, adding that the council will bring this issue to the attention of the review team.

Cllr George Lawlor said: 'This policy is not something I agree with. It doesn't make sense.'

Wexford People

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