Monday, 26 April 2021

"I need to move out of Fife on my own so that it's safer for both of us"

Email sent yesterday to Dundee City Council Housing Options/Lettings Manager:

Strapline - 'Dundee City Council Housing Application update'

"Dear Mr Shaw

I am writing to update you on my housing application with Dundee City Council, as from today.

I am now applying for a one or two bed flat, mainstream, amenity or sheltered, whatever is available.  A bedsit would be too small as I have many craft items and books, gathered over the years.  I need to be out of Fife ASAP and before the summer, and hope that I may be offered something as a priority.  I'm transferring tenancy of this Fife Council Springfield house to my son Daniel who has lived here with me for over 23yrs since he was 13yrs old.  We moved in here on Easter Monday 1998.  I've got the forms from Fife Council Housing Officer and they will be completed, handed in tomorrow.  Then the house will be my son's and I will be homeless.

I will phone in tomorrow to the Lettings Office, Dundee City Council, to update my details and express interest in any Housing Available Now properties with 1 or 2 bedrooms. 

I've been looking for a move to Dundee City Council housing for nine years, originally and until recently, with my son.  But nothing transpired and we have not been offered anything.  Therefore I need to move out of Fife on my own so that it's safer for both of us. 

Here is the reason as to why I need to move out of Fife ASAP:
*On 15 February this year I went for my Covid19 vaccination at the Corn Exchange Cupar and was bullied by an NHS Fife young male worker at the door who tried to prevent me from getting the vaccine.  This was unexpected and very concerning, even criminal.  I managed to get around the trolley he put in my way to block me, and entered main hall before he could have another go at bullying me.  I didn't know who he was until later seeing his photo in The Courier, frontpage and inside piece, naming him, alongside other workers in front of Corn Exchange. My son's vaccine appointment was a month later, same NHS Fife guy at door, very stressful for my son and he experienced a mental health crisis, requiring hospital inpatient treatment, he's now discharged, back here at home.  I've officially complained about this incident at Cupar Covid19 vaccination centre, to NHS Fife and I got apologies the other day in a letter, however that's not enough to reassure me that the same thing won't happen again.  I don't know why this young man was aggressive towards me, I'd never met him before, although he seemed to know me, and we hadn't handed our appointment letters over at the door. 
*I cannot have my son stressed out about his Mother getting bullied by NHS Fife staff. This is out of order and unacceptable.  I've had too much of this since 2012.  It has to stop.
*I am a writer, blogger, social networker and I will not be silenced by NHS Fife for speaking out about my family's experiences in their psychiatric hospitals and MH services. I have to be free to tell my story and to have an opinion.  I plan to write books, self published, my Dad Willie Patterson was a science fiction writer with the Daily Express in London, 1956-69, Jeff Hawke comic strip, and writing is in my blood, it's hereditary.

Here is why my son Daniel will be better off in this house after I move:
*We have good neighbours here, both sides, across the road, many of whom we have known for years.
*My son has renewed contact with his Father Ted Muirhead in Cupar and will be supported by him, is now spending time each day with his Dad who is well known locally, was a Postie for years until his retirement, before that was Dairyman at Elmwood College Farm. 
*My son has a CPN now, also psychiatrist, and will receive housing support after I move, so he will be much better off than in 2012 when we got no community MH support due to my raising complaints about NHS Fife and Fife Council Social Work Services. I won Ombudsman case against NHS Fife in September 2014 and a written apology for "unreasonable treatment" of my in Stratheden Hospital which was actually human rights abuse - physical, mental, sexual.
*I can continue to support my son from a distance, he can visit me in Dundee where his two older brothers live, also his nephew and niece.
*Daniel is now 36 and needs his own space, accommodation, to have a social life, a career and to eventually earn money.  That should have happened in Dundee, long before now, it didn't so now it has to.

I hope that this information is helpful and explains my situation and why it's necessary for me to move out of Fife to Dundee ASAP.  I have a basic State Pension and no other monies apart from Pension Credit, and Carers Premium which I shall lose after moving to Dundee, meaning Daniel will benefit by receiving Severe Disability Allowance.  I am not disabled although I do have various health conditions, self managed, including bladder prolapse, 6in titanium plate right fibula caused by psychiatric treatment in 2002/4, which results in various muscle strains and ligament issues, requiring exercise, stretching, lifting weights, swimming etc.  I'm in good mental health although I have a Schizoaffective Disorder label from 2002 which was put upon me to cover coercive psychiatric drugging.  I am on no medication whatsoever at 68yrs old, and consider myself very fit for my age.  I have some small savings which will enable me to buy white goods for a flat, and will take minimum furniture from this house, leaving most of it with Daniel, apart from my bed, some bookshelves and my granny's old sideboard and pine chest of drawers, an old table for my craftwork and sewing machine. 

Copying in my MSP and MP, also Dundee City Councillors who have engaged with me in the past about my housing application.

Yours sincerely .."

Copied to my MSP Willie Rennie, MP Wendy Chamberlain, Dundee City Councillors John Alexander and Lynne Short

yesterday in Cupar, my face says it all

Friday in Dundee


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