Teenager wins fight for a new home

A 17-year-old boy who took Stoke-on-Trent Council to the High Court
over its alleged failure to provide him with suitable accommodation
is likely to receive a place in a new home before Christmas.

Lawyers for Marc Weaver, who has Asperger’s syndrome, argued that
the council had “grievously” failed in its legal duty to arrange
suitable accommodation for him once he turns 18 next month. Weaver
was placed at an emergency care home in South Devon 20 months ago
because there were no places in homes in Stoke, but has been told
he cannot stay there after his birthday.

High Court judge Mr Justice Munby said this month he was “not
prepared to contemplate this disadvantaged young man being
literally cast onto the streets on January 7”.

But, at a meeting earlier this week, two new homes were identified
and Weaver will have interviews at both next week. The council said
it was “hopeful” he would be offered a place at one.

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