Families who relocated to the United Kingdom have been told that it is their responsibility that they are now living in a cramped apartment.
A FAMILY that relocated to the UK from Ecuador says they need a bigger home, but they’ve been told it’s their responsibility for their “overcrowded” living situation.
Milton, 53, his wife Cecilia, 50, and his two daughters, ages 18 and 14, live in a London studio flat and moan about being crammed into each other’s pockets with little privacy. They allege that Southwark Council has placed them in band 3 on the housing list, indicating that they have a “minimal housing requirement.”
The family is outraged, claiming they are entitled to a larger home in the region.
However, the council claims it has provided the family with “a great deal of help” since they arrived in the UK from South America, and that offers of alternative accommodation have been turned down.
Rebecca, the couple’s daughter, has claimed that the condition is harming her grades.
“I try to complete my homework while my mother cooks,” the adolescent told My London, “but it’s quite distracting and stressful.” Because everything is in one room, the smell of food remains when I’m trying to sleep, which has a negative impact on my studies because I can’t get enough sleep.
“I can’t seem to concentrate.” Because the flat is too tight for me to think in, I have to step outdoors to get some fresh air to deal with the tension. I don’t have any privacy, so I have to change my clothes in the bathroom, which is quite inconvenient.
“I can’t bring my friends home since the house is too small, and my parents and brother are already there.”
Milton, who prefers to remain anonymous, has been on the waiting list for three and a half years, while his family has battled to make ends meet in their privately rented studio flat.
Southwark Council revealed why the family’s request to be put in the priority housing group was denied in a letter to Milton obtained by MyLondon.
The authorities argued that they were in such a tough predicament because of Milton’s actions.
“You would have known without a doubt that the room in a shared house would not be suitable to accommodate your family of four,” the council wrote.
“You had no where to stay for your family and did not take any steps to find acceptable lodging.”Brinkwire Summary News.”