Saturday, September 4, 2010
Ten years on the council waiting list
A COUPLE are on hunger strike after being on a council house waiting list for a decade. Alan and Janine Bennett have been offered one home in ten years, which they say was unsuitable for them and their 21-month-old son, James. They have vowed not to eat, starting yesterday, until a doctor advises against their action, in protest to a lack of affordable social housing. Mr Bennett said: â€œJames will be looked after properly, but we are on hunger strike because we are just sick of waiting. â€œWe are desperate for a council house, but this is also about making the authorities take notice. There is a serious lack of social housing available and things have to change.â€ The couple first applied to the former Sedgefield Borough Council for a house about ten years ago.