Due to the housing situation, the couple and their seven children may be separated.
Due to a council’s housing issue, a DESPAIRING couple with seven children may have to live apart.
Ben Roberts, 27, and fiancee Amee Bettifon, 28, reside in a rented four-bedroom property in Bodmin, Cornwall, with their three children, all under the age of six. In the midst of Cornwall’s well-documented housing crisis, they’ve received a notice from their landlady, who has sold the property.
The family has two months to locate a new house, but Ben alleges that the closest accommodation available from the council is in Wales, which is more than 150 miles away.
Ben, a delivery driver, says that’s not an option because it would involve losing his job or moving thousands of miles away from his family.
Ben told Cornwall Live, “It was an utter shock to the system.”
“We didn’t know what to make of it. We always pay our rent, and being told you have to move out because of the coronavirus and everything is simply a shock to the system.”
Mckenzie, Ben’s eldest kid, whom he had when he was 21, has heart difficulties, and the father is concerned that temporary housing will not be acceptable for him.
“We’re back and forth from the hospital, so cleanliness is really important to us, and the prospect of traveling in and out of B&Bs and temporary lodging is going to be horrifying,” Ben added.
Ben is keen to keep his job as a delivery driver, and he is concerned that if they have to leave, Amee will be unable to support her family alone in Wales.
“We’ve been here for a few years now after the previous landlord had to sell his house,” he continued.
“But now we’ve been told the same thing: we have till October 30 to get out of here, and we’re stuck.
“We have seven children, and I’m at a loss on what to do.
“It’s nothing short of a nightmare. It comes down to me quitting my work or dividing the family if Amee goes to Wales until we find something, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
“I don’t believe Amee could physically relocate to Wales and sustain our family without my help. So I’d have to leave her alone on a train with seven kids while I worked and bank sent money to her on a regular basis.”Brinkwire Summary News.”