Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, spoke out in reaction to recent media coverage about Mr Alex Stringer.
Former William Edwards pupil, Private Alex Stringer, of 23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, lost three limbs whilst serving with the British Army in Afghanistan.
He now resides in a sixth-floor flat in Chadwell St Mary with his fiancée Danielle Taylor, 19, and daughters Millie, three, and Harlie-Rose, one this month.
He said: “While we don’t normally speak about individual cases, this is now in the public domain and I feel we have to put the record straight.
“The national media coverage of this story has been wholly inaccurate.
“The council has NOT allocated a sixth floor flat to Mr Stringer. However, since the day the hospital informed us of Mr Stringer’s needs and that he was to live with his partner, the tenant Ms Danielle Taylor and children, we worked with the family and health professionals to ensure we could help him regain his independence at home.
“Thurrock Council has a proud record of supporting the Armed Forces — past and present. Mr Stringer is a local war hero and we are incredibly proud of what he has done for his Queen and country.
“It is only today that we have received an assessment from the army rehabilitation unit. We have been doing everything we can to support Mr Stringer’s return to independence and will continue to work with Mr Stringer and his specialists. And let’s be clear, we will – and have been actively seeking to – urgently find appropriate accommodation for Mr Stringer and his family.
“Mr Stringer continues his treatment at the army rehabilitation unit and we are determined when he comes back to the borough it will be to the type of accommodation he needs and deserves.”