Slum council flat is not fit to live in and my health is suffering

DEAR DEIDRE: MY council flat isn’t fit to live in and yet the local authority won’t do a thing about it.

I have severe back problems and have had several operations but live in constant pain.

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I have to fill a bucket with water in the kitchen, carry it through to the bathroom and use it to flush the broken toilet.

We also fill up the bucket with hot water to wash as the shower is broken.

The bedrooms are damp and we can’t open the windows, which is making my daughter’s asthma worse.

I am 53 and my daughter is 17. I can hardly walk let alone lug heavy buckets around, yet when I complain to the council, nothing happens.

Our situation is getting to me and I feel so low that my daughter must live like this.

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DEIDRE SAYS: It is no wonder you sound depressed. It will be very distressing living in such conditions.

Your housing association must take action urgently.

Contact the housing charity shelter.org.uk (0808 800 4444) which will be able to help you.

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