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Housing with Care: Rose Court lift breaks down yet again - leaving vulnerable people trapped

PUBLISHED: 17:03 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:03 08 May 2019

Jake Rolfe by the lift in Rose Court which has broken down for days at a time, leaving him a

Jake Rolfe by the lift in Rose Court which has broken down for days at a time, leaving him a "prisoner" in his third floor flat. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

Newlon Housing Association is “considering” replacing a lift at a Haggerston care home that has been broken for 11 days – leaving vulnerable people trapped.

In February the Gazette reported the lift at Rose Court in Holly Street, Haggerston, was unreliable, and had already broken down several times.

Wheelchair-bound veteran Jake Rolfe, 57, who cannot walk following a stroke, complained no one at the council's Housing with Care supported housing scheme for over 55s, had offered to help him.

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The scheme was put into special measures by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors in February.

"To say it's a total joke is an understatement," he told the Gazette this time around.

A council spokesperson said they had "repeatedly pressed" for it to be repaired.

A Newlon spokesperson said: "We have commissioned a further inspection and will take any action recommended, ranging from replacing specific parts up to full replacement."


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