Paul Fox, 61, is said to have been given a home after chaining himself to Lancaster town hall, which he said was to highlight his case and that of other homeless people
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A homeless man with multiple health conditions who chained himself to Lancaster town hall to protest against council housing has now received a home.
Paul Fox, 61, slept outside town hall for 18 months before chaining himself to the building in protest after allegedly being promised accommodation that never came true, reports LancsLive.
Paul, who is known by the nickname ‘Foxy’ and has lived in Lancaster for 56 years, said he tied himself up to highlight his case and other homeless people.
Zoe, one of Paul’s supporters, said LancsLive campaigners funded a hotel for Paul for five nights last week through donations, and after the money ran out, she took him to her home in Wigan.
Zoe, a nurse, who does not wish to reveal her full name due to following NHS guidelines, said Lancaster City Council’s housing department called him last Tuesday and suggested accommodation for him, but later denied any information when contacted the next day, on Wednesday.
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Zoe said: “We put him up for five nights in a hotel with donations, and it got to the point where we couldn’t continue funding, so I took him to my own home in Wigan. A council worker called on Tuesday morning, and she said I found two properties for you; one of which is where you want to go with a safe guard.
“It was around four o’clock on Wednesday and they weren’t ringing, so he phoned them and spoke to them. They denied all knowledge and said wait, we have not provided the asset and it is not available.
“He has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). He also has a large cyst growing on his side.”
Paul then chained himself to Lancaster Town Hall in protest and pledged to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
“When the weather is bad, you get wet and there is nowhere to dry your clothes… that can affect your health, as I did,” he said. I am currently suffering from health problems, which I attribute to sleeping on the street.
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“When you’re on the street, you have nowhere to go; you are not eating right…. It weakens you, because you start thinking, life is not worth living. There are dead people on the street. “
He added: “I was confused about; this isn’t just about me – this is about people sleeping on the street. The housing policy doesn’t seem to work.
“The council said, we have a room for you, but it was a trick to get me off the steps of town hall. I am only a small part of these. I was chained to the town hall, and I was threatened; it sounds like bullying tactics.
“This is a legal protest. The authorities don’t seem to like our protest.
“The council is failing in their mission, and it’s nationwide; it’s not just Lancaster. I’m willing to sit here forever, because when you commit to something, you have to do it. “
However, within hours of Paul complaining about his situation for a Interview with LancsLive on FacebookCampaigners later said he was contacted by the city council and received the keys to an apartment in a secure complex with a housekeeper in Lancaster.
Zoe added: “We’re on the moon – this is great news. He received the keys just after 4 p.m. on a Friday to an apartment in a complex with a ward, so it’s very secure. But he wants to continue the campaign; he has a fighting spirit in him. “
A Lancaster City Council spokesman said on Friday morning: “Council is committed to ensuring that no one has to sleep on the streets. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, we were able to ensure that all known rough sleepers had access to self-contained accommodation. We continue to provide accommodation for anyone who has overslept.
“Regarding this particular case, a tenancy was offered during the pandemic, but he decided to leave. He has been offered alternative accommodation on a number of occasions, including this morning (Thursday 10 March) and he has refused. We will continue to work with him in our efforts to get him off the streets and into suitable accommodation. “
A Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities spokesman said: “Our most recent statistics show that the number of people sleeping wrong has fallen in every part of England, to the lowest level in the UK. past 8 years.
“We remain committed to ending slumber by the end of this Parliament, which is why we have given councils £2 billion over the next three years to build on the success of the Dao. the Homelessness Reduction Act.”
The Mirror has contacted Lancaster City Council for comment.
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