A man who suffered a stroke claims he has been left housebound by his housing association’s lack of funding.
Bob Heath, 68, from Whitfield, was hospitalised following an embolism and has been left with only partial use of his limbs.
He claims that his landlord, Angus Housing Association, had promised to install a ramp outside his house a week ago so he could safely leave his home using a wheeled walker.
However, the social housing body has since told him it can’t install the ramp due to a lack of funds from Scottish ministers.
The former Remploy worker, who also has chronic epilepsy, says he has been left “practically housebound” because he can’t safely descend the steep steps from his door to the pavement.
Bob said: “I’ve been paying my rent to them for years and now they say they don’t have the money to put a ramp in.”
Bob and his wife Val are well- known in Dundee for putting up their Christmas decorations early each year.
The pair have lived in their home for 38 years and are set to mark their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Val told the Tele she had been told “this and that” by the housing association.
She said: “We’re very angry and we’re very upset. Bob’s occupational therapist and his physio are very concerned – they want to know what’s going on.
“Angus said they were going to pave over the front garden to make it level and now say they don’t even have the money for that.
“We’re waiting on a walk-in shower to be installed as well.”
Bruce Forbes, director of Angus Housing Association, said a work order to pave over the Heath’s garden had been actioned, but said the annual grant it received from the Scottish Government for disability aids was shrinking.
“We spent our grant for 2018-19 by July,” he said.
“My sympathies lie with the people but as far as we’re concerned it’s for others to step up and fulfil their responsibilities.”
A Government spokesman said £10m had been provided to registered social landlords (RSLs) such as Angus this year to deliver adaptations.
He added: “It is up to individual RSLs to determine how to make best use of this funding.”