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calendar   Saturday - December 27, 2008

Council official evicted elderly tenants from bungalows… then moved in herself.

I believe this is outrageous Fraud is my term for it but it’s probably worse.

The worst of it is, the official is out of office due to what she did BUT is still getting FULL PAY!
I would like to think that if this happened back home in the US, the official would be sent to jail and no pay.

Hey ... no work ... full pay .... works for some.

ELDERLY RESIDENTS FORCED OUT ... COUNCIL OFFICIALS MOVES IN

By Andrew Levy
Last updated at 1:41 PM on 27th December 2008

As a council official with responsibility for helping the homeless, Kristine Reeves knows how much people value their homes.

Which makes it difficult to explain how she came to play a key role in evicting frail and elderly tenants from their bungalows - then moved into one with her partner.

The £52,000-a-year head of neighbourhood and strategic housing was just one of 18 council employees who took up residence in former sheltered accommodation at the Greyhound Opening site in Norwich.

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She also benefited from the rent at the one-bedroom bungalow she took over two months ago being reduced from £69 a week to £47.

Similar properties in the area cost between £350 and £750 a month.

Miss Reeves, 38, has now been suspended on full pay by Labour-run Norwich City Council, which admits conflict of interest rules were flouted.

Council leader Steve Morphew has promised to ‘make good the damage’. Miss Reeves - who, according to Land Registry documents, bought a three-storey house worth an estimated £190,000 four years ago - was dismissive of her new accommodation yesterday.

She said: ‘These are not fit-for-purpose units at all. They are really very cold and you couldn’t swing a cat there.’

Some 25 old people were moved out under plans to replace their homes with 100 high-density flats and houses.
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The 18 council officials have now been given a month to move out of the properties.

Rather than hire security to prevent squatters moving in to the empty bungalows, officials decided to rent them to employees, without consulting elected councillors.

MIss Reeves moved in with her partner Graham Ross, also a senior housing official.

Former residents are furious. Widow Ida Hall, 89, said: ‘I didn’t want to leave. I liked my little bungalow. It was lovely.’

Simon Wright, LibDem candidate for Norwich South, said: ‘It’s absolutely abhorrent that officers involved in a decision to evict elderly, frail pensioners should then move in at reduced rents.’

After the scandal broke Angela Hadley, the council’s assistant director of neighbourhood development, who herself rented one of the properties for a time, resigned due to ‘severe ill health in her family’.

Suzanne McBride, co-strategic director for community and neighbourhoods, has ‘left the authority’.

Laura McGillivray, the council’s £121,000-a-year chief executive was said to have been unaware of the scandal.

Miss Reeves and the other occupants have now been given a month’s notice to quit. 

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