New home for Sheffield disabled mum

Keiley Cunningham and Coun Harry Harpham
Keiley Cunningham and Coun Harry Harpham
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A disabled mum is enjoying a new lease of life in a council home.

Keiley Cunningham and her three children are one of the first families to benefit from a new drive to improve living standards for people in Sheffield.

Her new home in Parson Cross – which is specially-adapted to be wheelchair-friendly – is one of 30 the city council is buying from the Sheffield Housing Company. The move came after her former home in Manor made getting around a daily struggle.

Town hall bosses have also unveiled plans for 45 council homes over the next six years to help households like the Cunninghams.

Keiley said: “I was living on the Manor before, in a house with four floors. So when I started having to use a wheelchair last year it wasn’t ideal to say the least.

“The other house would have been impossible to stay in. It’s made such a difference to my everyday life; I can get through the doorways and I can stay in my chair around the house.”

The property features wider corridors and a ground-floor level access shower.

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods said: “It’s great to be able to announce that we are buying 75 new homes and will be securing hundreds of much-needed, good quality council homes for the people of Sheffield.

“We intend to deliver the maximum number of new council houses we can under borrowing rules. This will not only provide us with more properties to meet the increased need for affordable houses but also ensure that we have a range of properties to meet future changes in demand.”