This story covers the past, the present and future hopes of a stage 3 cancer patient who has been denied homelessness assistance in Brighton & Hove following a decision to leave the UK during the unprecedented Covid-19 Pandemic and other influences which will become clear. The Pensioner cannot start his cancer treatment until he secures long-term housing in order to recuperate in dignity.
Firstly you should cast you mind back to the Covid-19 Pandemic Restrictions & Section 21 Eviction Enforcement Rules.
COVID-19 Restrictions Timeline:
- Early 2020: Initial lockdown measures, advising people to stay at home and closing non-essential businesses.
- Summer 2020: Easing of restrictions with some business reopenings and limited social gatherings.
- Autumn/Winter 2020: Tiered system based on infection rates, with Tier 4 being the strictest.
- December 2020: National lockdown due to a new variant.
- Spring 2021: Vaccination rollout and gradual easing of restrictions.
- Summer 2021: Most legal restrictions lifted.
- Autumn 2021: Booster shots and recommendations for mask-wearing in crowded places.
Section 21 Eviction Enforcement Rules:
- March 2020: Temporary ban on evictions due to COVID-19.
- June 2020: Extension of the eviction ban until August 2020.
- September 2020: Further extension of the eviction ban until September 2020.
- November 2020: Introduction of a six-month notice period for Section 21 evictions.
- May 2021: Reduction of notice period to four months.
- August 2021: Notice period further reduced to two months.
Mr. C Backstory & Timeline
The Pensioner cannot start his cancer treatment until he secures long-term housing in order to recuperate in dignity. He has now signed up for a legal aid and is sleeping in a backpackers hostel but is struggling and could be at imminent risk of street homelessness with ongoing funding struggles for a backpackers hotel & waiting for the legal process to conclude, however long that may take.
He literally could be spending Christmas there.
MR. C: BACKSTORY PRIOR TO THE CURRENT ISSUES:
The Issue: (What Has Happened?)
Mr. C has lived in Brighton & Hove since 1981 on and off. In his most recent permanent home, he was a private tenant for 19 years until his landlord decided to sell up and this resulted in a notice of possession being served to Mr. C. He then approached Brighton and Hove City Council who housed him in Temporary Accommodation.
This backstory details the timeline of events during which Mr C. Was under significant stresses, fighting for survival but in and around severe restrictions on movement and events which would later have an impact on the return to the UK.
Notably The Eviction / Room Cancellation / Cancelling His Homelessness Duty in feb 21, at a time when Mr.C could do nothing to return to the UK.
We all remember the £3,500 Hotel Bill when the restrictions were lifted and 10 days isolation in a hotel for returnees. Mr C. Could not afford this and panicked, Considering he had his room cancelled he continued to isolate, recover and attempt to get back to the UK.
Mr. C states:
‘I was terrified of returning alone to Brighton without my wife and was feeling suicidal because of an inability to cope with life, to be honest. I had spent most of the last 50 years alone and living in the squalor of 10/10 hoarding disorder. I feared the almost certainty of being unable to cope, without the support of my wife.’
Timeline Since Return To The UK Following Deterioration of Cancer
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As it stands the future for MR. C remains unclear, he is very sleepy and tired and get spurts of energy, but at 70 years old is it right this person is trapped in more bureaucratic barriers to a place to have treatment which lets be honest will only allow him to possibly extend his life, but with dignity, privacy & support and a clean home to enable this.
Daniel Harris Opinion Note & Statement
When this case first come to me as many others do, the people affected sign up, the family report in, I get so many angles its tough to gauge the truth.
There are Four Versions and a few are the truth.
- Council house him, covid and cancer no support he fleas. during covid they evict him. Place blame on him, Denial
- With his complex history and circumstances this person is being led by survival. Survivor
- He marries his wife in Turkey who he brought a house for, not in his name, spending of tens of thousand’s. / Wealth.
- His version, he has stated eloquently, his fears which became true during unprecedented times, he tired his whole life to move forward and always faced barriers. when the shit hit the fan he left, awaiting was both support, renewal and hope. Yes & No – Because he is back alone, homeless, vulnerable, he brought a house for his wife, he has no legal claim. Vulnerable / Exploited