A MUM whose son has been left in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with brain cancer, says she is “disappointed and angry” that housing chiefs say they don’t qualify for a disabled access home.

Senga Crichton says North Ayrshire Council chiefs have told them they won’t be adjusting their council house, or moving them to suitable accommodation anytime soon, despite her 12-year-old son Kieran being diagnosed with five brain tumours.

However NAC housing bosses say they are “doing everything to find suitable accommodation” for the family, but the type of house Kieran desperately needs are “scarce”.

The Kilwinning Academy youngster has been battling the aggressive cancer since February and was left unable to speak and walk following brain surgery in March to remove the biggest tumour.

This week the brave schoolboy began intensive chemotherapy treatment following six weeks of radiotherapy and Senga says, without a disabled access home to go to, she and Kieran will be forced to stay in hospital even after his treatment ends.

She told the Times: “He has chemo for a week then he has three weeks off. That is time we could be at home and he could be resting at home surrounded by his own things and his friends and family, but our house isn’t equipped for him at the moment, so we will have to stay at hospital. That means I’m taking a bed that could be used for someone else. I’m basically bed blocking through no fault of my own.

“I applied months ago to see if my house could be adapted or if we could be moved to a disabled access house and they have finally come back to me to tell me we don’t qualify. I’m angry and I’m disappointed. I have not lived in my house since February yet I have been paying my rent and council tax.

“It’s not Kieran’s fault or mine that this has happened to us. All I am asking for is for some help and they are telling me they can’t give me any.

“If Kieran doesn’t qualify it makes me wonder what on earth has to happen for a person to qualify.”

However a North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said they are working to find a solution for the family. He said: “We would like to reassure the Crichton family that we are doing everything we can to find suitable accommodation for Kieran.

“When we were first contacted about the housing situation we recognised the urgency of the situation and, in partnership with the Occupational Therapy Team at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, made an assessment on Kieran and his family’s housing needs.

“Kieran has been given an urgent priority for rehousing and qualifies for fully wheelchair accessible accommodation with sufficient space to accommodate the equipment that Kieran uses.

“These types of three-bedroom houses that meets their specific needs are scarce but the family will be considered for any suitable accommodation as soon as it becomes available. The council will also look to adapt alternative housing for Kieran to make sure his needs are met as soon as possible.”