A widow has been ordered to move out of her home by a housing association just four months after her husband’s death.
Christine Bancroft of Tinderley Grove in Almondbury was told by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing that as special adaptations made to her home for her husband Keith are no longer needed, she must bid on another property.
But Christine, 69, said the pair were never made aware of KNH’s condition before Keith died in March and is fighting to stay put.
She has received a letter which said she must move within the next six months.
“I was so upset when I got it,” said Christine.
“I’ve been living in the house for 10 years and we had it adapted two years ago because Keith was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, as well as prostate cancer and heart disease.
“They put in things like rails, a new bathroom and a stair lift but at no point said I would have to move out after he died because they had been installed.
“If we’d known that then we wouldn’t have had them, we could have coped without.
“What’s more, we’ve spent thousands ourselves on renovating the house over the years because it was a mess when we got it, so I’m really shocked at KNH.”
Christine said she was visited by KNH staff and has arranged a meeting with KNH next week.
“The housing officer who came said I had to go and didn’t listen to my arguments,” she said.
“I’ve been told to bid on a house and could be put anywhere in Huddersfield.
“Staying here is important because my 15-year-old grandson Yorke lives with me at the moment and will be going into his final year at King James School in September.
“All my family live in Almondbury so I would feel isolated if I had to move area.
“The house also has a lot of memories for me.”
A spokesman for KNH said: “KNH has a duty to make sure that council housing in Kirklees is utilised to its full potential.
“Mrs Bancroft’s home has been extensively adapted for a person who has a disability and the process has been explained to her.
“In these circumstances it is not unusual to offer support in finding another property and discussing alternative housing options.
“A representative from KNH will explore the options available to Mrs Bancroft and help her find the best solution.
“At this time KNH are not discounting the option of Mrs Bancroft remaining in her home.
“KNH appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for Mrs Bancroft and her family to make such decisions.”