Couple in battle for bigger home

A COUPLE who say they need a bigger home have had their housing applications repeatly turned down, despite their GP saying that they need separate rooms for medical reasons.

Andrew King and Helen Beckett, who live in a one-bedroom flat in Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds, say they desperately need an extra room as Miss Beckett needs a bed to herself.

Miss Beckett suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is registered blind so needs a separate bed to ease the stiffness in her curved spine.

Currently, she sleeps on a sofa-bed in the single bedroom and Andrew, her carer, sleeps on a small sofa in the living room.

Andrew said there was not enough room to meet their medical needs.

He said: “We desperately need an extra room, we can’t continue living like this.

“There is not enough room here for us to live, we need separate rooms because of Helen’s health issues.”

GP Dr Robert Bradley wrote a letter in January last year backing their need for another room but later housing requests were declined as the letter did not explain a reason why they needed more space.

However, Dr Bradley wrote a further letter on February 23 this year stating Helen needed a bed to herself due to stiffness in her legs and spasticity of her legs.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “We do not comment on individual cases but we can assure readers that we allocate the limited social housing available according to greatest need. We are in conversation with this tenant and will assess any change in circumstances.”