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The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned councils are “struggling to cope” with growing rates of homelessness after two cases where adults were not found suitable accommodation and councils neglected to inform individuals about their right to appeal their temporary accommodation.
A disabled man was left to sleep rough and ‘sofa surf’ for more than three months when Windsor and Maidenhead council were slow to find him a temporary residence, the ombudsman said.
It said the council mishandled the man’s homelessness application and then offered him accommodation which was too far from his support network in Windsor.