A FAMILY of seven are being forced to live in a single room after they were evicted from their council flat.
Jon Mitchell, his partner and five young children are forced to live in a hotel room in Northfield, Birmingham – the room has no access to a cooker and is a three hour bus journey from the children’s schools.
The family are forced to live in one room, with a double bed, single bed, bunk-beds and a cot[/caption]
Jon says the family will be left impoverished if they’re forced to shell out further[/caption]
Jon says his family are “being treated worse than animals.”
“It’s one room, me, my partner and my five children. It’s got a double bed, a single bed, a bunk bed, a cot, a microwave, a fridge and a telly.
“You can’t swing a cat in here,” he added.
Jon and his family were evicted from their council flat after falling into rent arrears due to the benefit cap.
But the family of five kids aged one, five, six, ten and 11 have been rehoused 11 miles away from their schools, friends and relatives.
Jon says he and his partner, who’re both on benefits, have to begin the school-run at 6.30 am and spend £40 a week on bus fares for the children.
The pair say they are also spending extortionate amounts on food as their room doesn’t have access to a kitchen.
“We’re spending more money here than we did when we had the two-bedroom property because we have to buy food daily as all we have is a microwave.
“You’re not allowed to use the garden or the cooker due to health and safety, we’re just stuck in a little room,” Jon said.
‘LEFT WITH NOTHING’
Birmingham City Council claimed Jon’s household income “greatly” surpassed the £20,000 housing benefit cap and that he failed to pay his rent.
It was taken to Birmingham County Court on June 11, at which point the family were evicted due to a “long history of debt”.
The furious dad-of-five says that although his old two bed flat in Erdington, North Birmingham needed some repairs, it was much closer to the kids schools.
The flat was also fully kitted out with a kitchen which allowed the couple to manage their money better.
He claims the council is now demanding £164 per week for rent on the emergency accommodation provided, but refuses to shell out that much for just one room with barely any amenities.
Jon says the family will be left impoverished if they are forced to shell out further.
“Now the council is sending us letters that they want £164 a week for the emergency accommodation.
“I’m not paying more than £100 a week for one room. I wouldn’t do that, no way.
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“If we were going to pay them the rent here, after taking out the food daily and the bus fares, we would have nothing,” he added.
Birmingham City Council said Jon was given support from BCC financial, debt and housing services, Shelter, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Social Services, but they claim he still did not comply with orders to make payments to reduce his rent debt.
The family of seven only have a single microwave to cook all of their meals in[/caption]
Jon says they feel ‘stuck’ in the little room[/caption]
Jon and his family are cooped up in a single room at the Belgrade Hotel[/caption]
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