Council who refused to rehome boy with brain tumour and his mum have built only 37 new homes in the past year

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COUNCIL bosses who refused to rehome a ­boy with a brain tumour and his mum have agreed to build only 37 affordable homes in the past year — despite hundreds of ­families ­needing one.

While Richmond Council in South West London gave the green light to just a few dozen properties, the other 31 ­boroughs in the capital began building 12,592.

The council who refused to rehome Georgina Collins and her son Oliver have agreed to build only 37 affordable homes in the past year
Georgina and her three-year-old son Oliver, who is battling a brain tumour, are living in a ­rat-infested building

The figures cover the year to March. And in the previous 12 months the number for Richmond was even lower with just 28 properties green-lit.

Last week we told how the council refused to rehouse Georgina Collins, 28, and her three-year-old son Oliver who are living in a ­rat-infested building.

It is the only property the mum could find that would accept her housing benefit.

The vermin could be deadly to Oliver, whose immune ­system is weakened due to chemotherapy.

After pressure from The Sun on Sunday and MPs, borough chiefs have now given the family “high priority” and promised to carry out repairs on the building.


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But they admit it may still be WEEKS before a suitable ­property becomes available.

Georgina, who gave up her job as a maths teacher to look after Oliver, says: “I hope a home comes through.

“The thought of there being no housing is terrifying. I can’t sleep. If Oliver comes into ­contact with a rat it could be fatal.”

Housing Minister Esther McVey, who has backed our campaign to get a new home for Oliver and Georgina, says: “This appalling situation must be resolved urgently.”

In London, 232,000 families are on councils’ housing waiting lists.

Richmond has some of the worst figures, with 3,944 households waiting for homes.

Georgina gave up her job as a maths teacher to look after Oliver

Andrew Boff, Tory ­London Assembly Member, says: “It is entirely unacceptable that Georgina and her son have been given no other option but to live in these dangerous ­conditions.

“The Government gave Sadiq Khan more than £4.8billion to get London building, yet the Mayor has failed to build anywhere near enough family homes.


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“This failure is no more acute than in Richmond where, in the past year, Sadiq Khan has only funded 37 affordable homes.

“Of these, just 15 were social rented homes and none were family-sized.”

Richmond councillor Liz Jaeger says: “We have around 1,000 new affordable homes in the pipeline which we hope to work positively with developers to deliver.”

The vermin in the building pose a grave threat to Oliver who, because of the chemotherapy he is undergoing, can’t fight infections
Georgina has made desperate pleas to Richmond council and Great Ormond Street Hospital  have even sent letters saying that ‘urgent and suitable housing’was needed  for Oliver
The one-bedroom flat was the only one she could find where the landlord would accept housing benefit
Georgina says she loses sleep worrying about the rats

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