New home offered to disabled Gibraltar mum ‘not designed for a disabled person’

She is currently marooned on a second-floor flat at Laguna Estate with no lift

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Grace and husband Andy ©theolivepress
Grace and husband Andy ©theolivepress

A DISABLED Gibraltarian mum who has endured a four-year ‘housing hell’ has finally been offered a new flat.
But Grace Stevens, 36, (above) told the Olive Press she is concerned the new ground-floor apartment is ‘inadequate’ for someone in a wheelchair.
Stevens suffers from fibromyalgia, a debilitating pain condition which makes movement difficult.
Currently marooned on a second-floor flat at Laguna Estate with no lift, Stevens is left stranded unless husband Andy, or her 18-year-old daughter Victoria are able to help.

 

 

Grace Stevens
Grace Stevens

But, she insists the new flat is also inappropriate and she will still be a ‘prisoner’.
“I do not know how I am going to get into the flat,” she told the Olive Press. “It is simply not designed for a disabled person, unlike the homes in Varyl Begg.”
She toured the flat this week, but turned it down as has also criticised the general disabled access around Gibraltar as ‘absolutely shocking’.
Equality Rights Group chairman Felix Alvarez slammed the delay in allocating her a new home.
“No-one in our society today should be at the bottom of any pile,” he said.



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