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Family Makes Home Plea
Friday 22nd January 2016 @ 15:11 by Mark Phillip

A Glossop mum is desperate to find a suitable home for her young family.

Mum-of-two Simone Elliot says the one-bedroomed flat she is living in is no place for a growing family.

Simone, 31, was born and brought up in Glossop, but decided to return ‘home’ with partner Craig Macfarlane, 27, and her two children, after living in Scotland.

But she now claims High Peak Borough Council has twice accused her of making herself deliberately homeless.

She also says that after being given temporary accommodation in a council flat she was threatened with eviction.

The family moved into private rented accommodation, but say that through no fault of their own they had to move out.

The couple went to the borough council and were given the keys to a one bedroom ground floor flat at Greenbank in Hadfield.

But Simone says the council said they had deliberately made themselves homeless and had no connections with Glossop

She said: “I told them we came down for family reasons. We were paying the £69 a week rent.”

Months after moving in the family say they were threatened with eviction.

It was then they contacted Derbyshire Law Society and Shelter who, they say, told them they had a case.

Simone then said she paid a barrister to represent her and Craig in a case against HPBC in Manchester in March which the council were aware of.

The couple claim that on December 23 they were told they could stay in the flat and would be given two weeks rent free, equivalent of £140.

But they said by then they had had enough and were moving to a private rent in Glossop.

They claim a single bedroom flat is no place for a young family.

They say it’s cold and damp with mould spores in the bedroom.

Simone said she would have liked ‘her day in court’ but says the pressure she has gone through means she just wants to move out.

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “When an applicant presents to the council as homeless, we investigate their circumstances, including those which have led to them being homeless, and whether their own actions have impacted on their situation.

“Where the council does have a duty, we will provide short-term emergency accommodation which could be in a hostel, bed and breakfast or, occasionally, self-contained accommodation.

“Emergency accommodation might not be suitable for the longer term but our aim is to provide a rapid solution to a crisis.

“In this particular case, we have assisted the family in line with our statutory duties and we have further supported them in securing a tenancy in the private sector.

“The council has taken action to address the repair issues the couple refer to within our repair timescales.”