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MORE than 100 disabled people are waiting for around £528,000 of home adaptations after West Lindsey council ran out of money.

The news came to light after an article in last week’s Market Rasen Mail highlighted how disabled Rasen father David Barnes was forced to travel 12 miles to his parents’ home to take a shower because he could not get a disability grant for a wetroom at his house.

Since then the Rasen Mail has heard from other residents who are suffering without the necessary adaptations they need – including one man who has not showered since August.

West Lindsey council has admitted 101 people are on its waiting list – 37 of these people have been waiting longer than six months.

People are anxious to get adaptations such as stairlifts, lifts, ramps and level access showers but the council estimates it will need £821,000 to do all the work on the waiting list and the projected demand for the remainder of 2011/12.

West Lindsey’s housing, renewal and community safety service manager Grant Lockett said: “We regret that some of the most vulnerable people in the community are not getting things they are entitled to but we are doing all that we can and everything in our powers to ensure this is resolved as quickly as possible.”

Jim Hobbs, 52, from Newtoft has multiple sclerosis and has not showered since he came out of hospital on August 23.

Jim is unable to walk and has to sleep in the sitting room in his two-storey house.

Jim wants to turn his conservatory into a bedroom and wetroom but has been told the council has run out of money to help him.

At the moment Jim has carers who come to his house every day to give him a strip wash.

His wife Jayne, who also has MS but manages to work part time, said: “It is the lack of dignity.

“Because Jim has his bed in the living room, it restricts the visitors we can have after the carers have come in the evening to put him to bed.

“Having the work done will give us our home back.”

Christine Brumpton’s mother Jessie Stanland, 74, from Rothwell had a stroke and it is too dangerous for her to have a shower as there is a step into it.

Ms Brumpton said: “Social services have been pretty good, but there are things mum needs, like a ramp to get into the house, but we have been told it could be a year before anything can be done.

“It is worrying that people who really need these things are having to wait.

“It is taking away their quality of life.

“All these old people have fought for their country and are not getting the care they need.”

West Lindsey council has managed to do 108 jobs since January – costing the council £506,000.

It received £246,000 from central Government and used more than £260,000 from its capital reserves.