Leicester

Woman, 83, spends 10 months on daughter's sofa

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Media captionMrs Pearce and her daughter said the situation was "desperate"

An 83-year-old Leicestershire woman says she has been forced to sleep on her daughter's sofa for 10 months while the council finds her a new home.

Audrey Pearce moved into the one-bedroom bungalow in Thringstone last August following the death of her son, with whom she previously lived.

She described living conditions with her daughter, who is disabled, as "quite desperate".

The county council said it was working to find them a new home.

Mrs Pearce said: "Sometimes I'm really quite desperate. It's not very comfortable."

'High priority'

Family friend Sarah John said: "Sally's in the bedroom and Mrs P's on the settee. It's a disgrace.

"They shouldn't be living like this - they need somewhere better."

A county council spokeswoman said: "Housing officers are actively searching for a suitable alternative property and are in regular contact with the county council's adult social care team.

"We provide a care package to Audrey and Sally and the support of an occupational therapist."

North West Leicestershire District Council said it been working with the pair and social Services to find suitable accommodation for their needs.

A spokesman said: "We have given their case high priority to enable them to move to larger and more suitable available accommodation."

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