Woman, 71, evicted from Outwell home

Grace Swanscott with her granddaughter
Grace Swanscott with her granddaughter

A 71-year-old woman is facing an uncertain future after being evicted from her home.

Jane Swanscott says her mother Grace was asked to move out of her home in Beaupre Hall, Outwell, last Tuesday.

Landlords Freebridge Community Housing have confirmed that Mrs Swanscott is being asked to give back the keys after receiving a court judgement against her.

But the company, which is based in King’s Lynn, maintains it still wants to help her get the support she needs.

Mrs Swanscott, who is being treated in King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may have to move into her daughter’s Kent home. Miss Swanscott believes her mother is being evicted as she spent three months in Kent after a family bereavement and a COPD episode just before Christmas.

Miss Swanscott has removed some of her mother’s most treasured belongings from the flat

She said: “It is diabolical. It would be bad enough for someone half her age, let alone someone with her health issues.

“They say they need the flat but there are four to five empty flats in that place.

“It is absolutely ridiculous. What do they expect a 71-year-old in ill health to do?”

Mrs Swanscott moved to West Norfolk six years ago and had been living in Beaupre Hall as her previous flat was not suitable, but had not signed a tenancy agreement.

Director of housing, Robert Clarke, said the association is still willing to help Mrs Swanscott to find support.

He said: “We have been in communication with Mrs Swanscott regarding her temporary tenancy since early 2015 and we have been keen to work with her to address the situation.

“Following a judgement from the court, we have asked Mrs Swanscott to hand the keys back for the property at Beaupre Hall.

“We would still like to engage with Mrs Swanscott and help her to access support through the Housing Options team.”