Kidney dialysis patient to be made homeless

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A 62-year-old man kept alive by kidney dialysis could be forced to live on the streets after the council refused him a home.

Anthony Austin, who spends three days a week hooked up to a dialysis machine, has been sleeping on a friend’s sofa ever since he moved to Milton Keynes eight months ago.

He gave up a housing association property in Kent to be near his niece, who helps care for him.

“My niece lives in Bletchley with her partner and his family so there is no room for me there,” said Mr Austin, who has severe kidney failure and a serious heart condition.

“It was arranged for me to stay on a friend’s sofa temporarily. But now the friend needs the space, so I have to leave by the end of the week.”

But when Mr Austin approached the council for housing he was refused help, he says.

“I told them I was going to be homeless but they said I hadn’t been in Milton Keynes long enough to qualify for accommodation,” he said.

Mr Austin has tried numerous private landlords, but claims none of them will take a chronically sick man on benefits.

“Because all my treatment has moved here it would be very difficult to me to leave the area now.

“I have to go to Milton Keynes hospital three days a week for my kidneys and Churchill hospital at Oxford once a week because of my heart condition.”

A spokesman for Milton Keynes council confirmed the housing allocation scheme had “local connection criteria” but did not say how long a new resident had to live in the city to qualify.

The spokesman said: That however does not bar him from asking or getting advice. We are happy to speak with him again.”