A DISABLED father has been stuck at home after being denied a grant by the council to install a mobility ramp in his bungalow.
Andy Gunn, who has a spinal condition that limits the use of his legs, relies on a scooter.
But now he’s stuck on his estate in Kilburn, derbyshire because there are steps from your front door to the street.
She moved into the property in May of this year because she “couldn’t handle” her previous two-bedroom apartment around the corner and was offered the bungalow by Futures Housing Group.
Of the dozen similar homes on the site, his is the only one with steps, but he said Futures told him it would be better to take the property and apply for a grant to put up the ramp, rather than try to install one. before moving.
He said Futures refused to install the ramp because it was too expensive and told him to apply for a council grant.
Andy was then scheduled for appointments with occupational therapists and physicians as part of the application and was visited by a council official to take pictures of your front yard to assess.
Then last week he was told that his data had been passed to a surveyor so they could measure a ramp.
However, even after “jumping through all these hoops”, he only received a decision on Monday morning.
The council reportedly turned down his application because, while they accepted that he was disabled, he was not in a wheelchair and therefore did not qualify.
Andy told The Sun: “I’m not in a wheelchair, but I’m homebound… I’m disabled but apparently I’m not handicapped enough.
He uses a cane, with which he can walk around the house and garden, but has a hard time getting out the front door, making it impossible to go anywhere without his mobility scooter.
He has to get his son or ex-wife to come for him, as well as maintain the garden and other jobs.
Even if they help you up the steps with the mobility scooter, which you can’t do alone, you trust them to get you to your destination.
Andy has another scooter with a longer range, but it is currently in storage at his ex-wife’s house because it is too big and heavy to go up or down the steps.
He said: “It’s about independence… I want to do things myself
“I need to go out sometimes, we all do. We’ve had enough of being inside at lockdown.”
He added that the fact that he “isn’t handicapped enough” “will ring in my ears forever.”
“I’ve had enough now. This is my life they’re playing with.”
Apparently the council offered to put a shed in the front garden where he could store his mobility scooter, but that too is accessed by steps and so wouldn’t solve the problem, Andy said.
Despite her ordeal, she maintained that she “loves” living where she lives and that “the neighbors are great,” but she needs a ramp to live a full life.
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues raised by Mr Gunn. Unfortunately, due to the location of his property, a ramp is not practical or appropriate due to the large difference in height between the curb level and the ground floor of his home.
“This is compounded by the lack of room to achieve the maximum gradient needed of 1:12.
“We recognize his need to be able to get out and about in the community on his scooter and his caseworker is currently exploring the possibility of an alternative option with his landlord.”
The statement added that they would update Andy as soon as possible.
Sarah Wyke, Director of Housing for Futures Housing Group, said: “We are committed to supporting Mr. Gunn. Unfortunately, the costs to install a ramp on this property are very high and well above what we would normally be able to offer our clients.”
“As he did not qualify for a local authority grant to pay for the work, we will work with Mr. Gunn to explore other ways to help him manage his access needs and live independently.”