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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.

New scheme offers help for first-time-buyers

Shared ownership scheme offers hope for first-time-buyers Credit: ITV Westcountry

First-time-buyers in Exeter who can't afford a new property are being offered shared ownership.

Details about shares of up to 80% market value are available at an information session at the Guildhall from 1pm to 7pm today, 25 September.

It's being run by the city council in partnership with the government agency, "Help To Buy South West".

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Thousands afraid to ask landlords for repairs

1 in 12 people keep quiet about problems. Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of people in the South West are scared to ask private landlords for repairs, in case they get evicted.

The housing charity Shelter says 1 in 12 people keep quiet about problems. Three per cent of tenants in the South West also said they had been evicted for complaining to landlords.

Boost to house sales

House sales in the South West have hit a five year high. According to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the number of homes sold in the region is at the highest level since February 2008.

And from today any property worth up to £600,000 could be eligible for the government's Help to Buy scheme.

Somerset Correspondent, David Woodland reports

South West housing market may be recovering

Sales of homes may be rising in our region. Credit: Press Association

There are signs the South West housing market is continuing to recover.

According to a survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the number of homes sold in the South West is at the highest level since February 2008, and it is higher than than the UK as a whole.

Prices also continued to rise, with nearly half of people reporting an increase. The report says predictions for the future are upbeat.

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