‘How can I live like this?’ asks disabled man put in ‘inaccessible’ Redbridge accommodation
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A disabled man who relies on a wheelchair has been put into accommodation he claims he cannot use by Redbridge Council.
Rafee Baksh, 51, was moved into temporary accommodation in Forest Gate earlier this month from a hostel in Ilford.
He said he cannot even use the bathrooms or showers in the building, despite being told it was suitable for him.
“There are no facilities for me – I’m wheelchair bound and I can’t even use the toilets,” he said.
“How do they expect me to live like this?”
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Mr Baksh suffers from diabetic neuropathy, where nerves progressively die in the hands and feet.
He said: “I’ve lost my feeling in my feet up to my ankles and it’s not going to get any better, it’s only going to get worse.
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“It makes it difficult just to do the basics in life.”
Mr Baksh, who worked as a car sprayer before his illness worsened, said the move to Forest Gate is making it difficult to see his 10 children.
He added: “My youngest boys are just seven and nine and I can’t even take them to the park.”
Mr Baksh said his previous hostel was suitable but was moved suddenly after an accident involving his mobility scooter.
A child in the hostel was playing with the accelerator when it accidently hit a teenage boy, he claimed.
A council spokesman said Mr Baksh’s situation “is felt to be suitable on a short term basis”
She added: “He has been offered an assessment for a possible care package to assist him, but this was declined.
“This accommodation is only for a short time while we review the case.”
Temporary accommodation is used to prevent people becoming homeless when the council cannot provide a long-term home.
Demand for social housing in Redbridge far outstrips supply and 14,359 households were on the waiting list in January.