A wheelchair-bound man who lives in a bin cupboard has spent more than two weeks in a hospital bed because the council cannot house him.
Homeless Connor Edwards, 44, was admitted after taking an overdose because he could not bear life on the streets.
Kind-hearted hospital staff allowed him to stay in the hope Milton Keynes Council would find him accommodation. But this week, desperately in need of his bed, they had no choice but to load him and his wheelchair into a taxi and pay for him to be deposited at the council’s housing office.
“I’m gay, and because of that the other homeless people pick on me. I’ve been mugged twice and had all my possessions stolen.”
A former software trainer, Connor lost his job when his legs were paralysed due to diabetic neuropathy. He was evicted from his Wolverton council house 18 months ago after getting into rent arrears due to bedroom tax demands.
“The council has put me into bed and breakfast accommodation twice, but each time I’ve been forced to leave and go back on the streets,” he said. “Because I’m not mentally ill and I’m not a drug user or alcoholic, I don’t have enough priority points for them to allocate me a house.”
Connor cannot claim benefits because he has no address. But he refuses to beg for money.
“I survive thanks to the Salvation Army soup runs and going through bins to eat peoples’ left-over takeaway food. I pick up cigarette butts and unpick them to make my roll-ups,” he said.