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Hope for Falmouth war veteran denied housing

A war veteran from Falmouth and his family, who were denied social housing, are having their case reviewed - following pressure from forces charities.

Father-of-four Jamie Streets had to leave the army and couldn't work due to a brain tumour. His family were turned down as they were classed as having made themselves homeless.

Kathy Wardle has been to meet them.

We asked the Prime Minister what the government is doing to help Mr Streets. Here is his response:

Prime Minister backs war veteran's case

The Streets family are living in temporary accommodation while their case is reviewed Credit: ITV News

A war veteran from Falmouth and his family, who were denied social housing, are having their case reviewed - following pressure from forces charities.

Father-of-four Jamie Streets had to leave the army and couldn't work due to a brain tumour. His family were turned down as they were classed as having made themselves homeless.

We asked the Prime Minister to comment and this is what he had to say:

The local MP Sarah Newton has quite rightly stepped in and has raised this case with the local Cornwall Council and they are now thinking again about whether they can provide a long term housing solution for Mr Streets and his family which I'm sure is the right thing to do.

So let's hope that the local council has a good look at this and think about how to make some special arrangements in this vital case.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

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Hope for war veteran in housing crisis

Jamie and Charmaine are currently living in temporary housing provided Cornwall Council Credit: ITV News

A former soldier who served in Afghanistan and Kosovo has appealed to Cornwall Council after his family were denied social housing.

Jamie Streets, his wife Charmaine and their four children had to leave their private rented accommodation as they could no longer afford the rent.When they applied for a council house they were declined as they were classed as having made themselves voluntarily homeless.

Mr Streets was injured in a fall from a horse whilst serving in the Household Cavalry, and was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumour. He is still recovering from the illness and has been unable to work.

The family is currently living in a temporary house provided by Cornwall Council, but received a letter giving them 28 days to find an alternative.

Cornwall Housing applies Cornwall Council’s housing allocations policy which fully takes into account the homelessness legislation and provisions relating to Armed Forces Veterans which have been introduced by the Government in relation to housing.

To be fair to all others who apply to the Council for housing as a result of becoming homeless, we have to apply strict criteria as set out in housing legislation to make a judgement on whether or not we have a duty to house them and judge each case accordingly.

– Statement from Cornwall Council

Mr Streets' case has since attracted support from the public across social media.

Following a meeting with Cornwall Council the authority has agreed to review the case. The family hope to find out if they will be rehoused within the next week.

RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 people in Sierra Leone

More than 220 tonnes of food were delivered for the United Nations Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.

The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.

These couple of days were the best and the most rewarding that I’ve had in the Royal Navy. It was a fantastic experience to be able to work side by side with the people who will benefit from this aid. Storing it centrally will allow the food to be distributed to those who need it.

– Leading Airman Dave Jackson
Merlin helicopters from RFA Argus delivered food inland Credit: RNAS Culdrose

RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 in Sierra Leone

More than 220 tonnes of food were delivered for the United Nations Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.

The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.

These couple of days were the best and the most rewarding that I’ve had in the Royal Navy. It was a fantastic experience to be able to work side by side with the people who will benefit from this aid. Storing it centrally will allow the food to be distributed to those who need it.

– Leading Airman Dave Jackson
Merlin helicopters from RFA Argus delivered food inland Credit: RNAS Culdrose

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More than £40,000 raised for orphans in Sierra Leone

The aid will be carried out to Sierra Leone on the Gypsum Centennial, which has been undergoing a refit in Falmouth Credit: ITV News

More than £40,000 has been donated to a shipping company in Cornwall to help send vital provisions to an orphanage in Sierra Leone in time for Christmas.

A&P Falmouth started the appeal two weeks ago.

Later volunteers from Shelterbox and RNAS Culdrose will be packing up boxes to send to Africa.

Life has been hard in the West African country since war broke out and prices have risen. The situation is made even harder since the outbreak of ebola in March.

Falmouth Tall Ships bring multi-million pound economic boost

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta has brought a multi-million pound boost to Cornwall's economy.

197,000 people visited Falmouth during the four-day festival in August - increasing the turnover for local businesses by an estimated £10,000. 40 per cent of businesses extended their opening hours to deal with the influx of visitors.

Falmouth has done it again – in the spirit of cooperation and partnership we have delivered a truly outstanding event. There were huge crowds, wonderful weather, the most beautiful ships to look at and everybody was happy, but most importantly the event provided long-term benefits and a lasting legacy. It demonstrated Falmouth’s impressive strength for partnership and it is because of this that the event was the success that it was.

– John Hick, Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta Chairman
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