Published: 28th Aug 2020

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Merton Council after rehoming a local man in Birmingham, a move which cost him a job. The Ombudsman said the London borough was at fault because it did not take into account the man’s employment status when making the offer of accommodation so far away. The man worked two jobs to support his family and says he told officers at Merton he was working when he asked for help in October 2017. The council says it has no record of this. The Ombudsman found evidence the man had told the council about difficulties he was having maintaining his employment in November 2017, but the council failed to consider moving him closer to his employment. The man has now found accommodation in the capital with the help of a council deposit scheme. ‘The man told the council his jobs could not be … (To read the full article, subscribe below)