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Glasgow couple left to fight eviction after DWP blunder

A COUPLE are facing homelessness in Glasgow after fighting an eviction decision from their landlord as a result of missed benefit payments.

Phillip Cree and his husband Alan have been fighting removal from their home in the city’s Southside after falling into rent arrears.

Mr Cree was given an incorrect PIP assessment by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2017, before the error was resolved and he was put onto enhanced mobility.

But the couple were told they would be evicted by Southside Lettings, an arm of Southside Housing Association.

A tribunal hearing took place in Glasgow yesterday to decide if the couple could extend their stay in the property, but a ruling had not been made as the Star went to press.

Mr Cree said: “We’d never heard it was a concern, as we’ve had so many other issues, and we offered a payment plan.

“But now we just want more time to find somewhere to live. This would mean we’d be homeless. My husband has got a job now and we can sort this.”

The letting agent’s decision to evict Mr Cree came despite a call by Glasgow City Council for there to be no winter evictions in the city.

According to Shelter Scotland, 45 homeless people died on the country’s streets last winter.

Tenants’ union Living Rent slammed Southside Lettings for what it calls “poor practice,” asking for more time to prevent the couple becoming homeless.

Ellinore Folkesson of Living Rent’s member-defence team said: “We’re hoping we can finally start some negotiations so they have time to think of a payment plan.”

A spokesman for the letting agent said: “We always offer repayment arrangements as part of early intervention in any case and only take court action as a last resort."

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