FULL HOUSE Family of 14 crammed into four-bedroom house after single mum’s benefits slashed to 50p

Mum-of-six Patricia Newman claims she was forced to move into her mum's house after being left unable to pay rent, bills and feed her whole family

14 April 2018 - 08:44

A SINGLE mum-of-six has been forced to move into her mum's house after seeing her housing benefits slashed to just 50p.

Patricia Newman, 33, dubbed the move "very stressful" after she uprooted her family four miles across Cheltenham, Glos. into a home which already had seven people living in it.

Jobless Patricia, said the controversial benefit cap made it impossible for her to pay rent, bills and put food on the table for her whole family.

But grandmother-of-ten Dorothy says her daughter really needs her own home as her six grand children now have to all sleep in her living room every night.

Not only that but Dorothy already shares her home with her two adult sons and the four children they have between them and who she is the guardian for,

She said: "Patricia and the children really need rehousing - the children need their own home with their mother.

"I am out looking after my mother who is seriously ill with heart problems among other illnesses. All day I do the jobs that she needs doing.

 Patrica Newman with kids, from left to right, Kian, Kenny, Lexi, Poppy, Cody and Charlie
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Patrica Newman with kids, from left to right, Kian, Kenny, Lexi, Poppy, Cody and Charlie

"Then I come home and I need to do it all again. You can't come home and relax."

Patrica, whose six kids are aged between one and 13, was evicted from her social housing in Firgrove Walk, Cheltenham, after giving birth to her youngest kid Kenny, 1, which saw her housing benefits reassessed.

The mum-of-six claims the government benefits calculator took into account the combined benefits that she was already receiving before considering the amount coming into the household in other forms of benefits.

But Patricia, mum to Kian, 13, Charlie, six, Cody, five, Poppy, three, Lexi, two, and Kenny, one, said that, as she receives just 50p a week in housing benefits, covering all her costs was impossible.

 The 33-year-old has dubbed the houseshare 'very stressful and very overcrowded'
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The 33-year-old has dubbed the houseshare 'very stressful and very overcrowded'
 She claims she was left unable to pay rent, bills and feed her whole family after seeing her housing benefits reduced to just 50p
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She claims she was left unable to pay rent, bills and feed her whole family after seeing her housing benefits reduced to just 50p

The livid mum explained that when she had her youngest child her benefits were reassessed and she was given just 50p a week.

Patricia said: "The rest would have to come out of my tax credits and income support. At the end of the day, I don't have the money to pay all of that rent.

"Now we are living with my mother, and it is very stressful and very overcrowded. My mother is now the guardian to four kids, and my brothers are living there as well."

Dorothy says she even offered to pay Patricia's rent every week, directly from her own bank account, but claims the housing association refused this offer.

 Patricia said she refuses the claim she made herself voluntarily homeless
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Patricia said she refuses the claim she made herself voluntarily homeless

Particia added: "Cheltenham Borough Homes seemed to deem the eviction as me making myself voluntarily homeless - but that was not the case.

"I went to a meeting at Cheltenham Borough Council and I was waiting for them to tell me what they could do to help us.

"I waited weeks and in the end my social worker told me that the council was not going to do anything.

"My eldest son's father died when he was one, and the other children's fathers just don't bother with their kids."

Patricia says her children are struggling to sleep in the cramped conditions in the living room.

Chief executive Paul Stephenson at Cheltenham Borough Homes: "We continue to work closely with the family and their support workers to resolve this ongoing situation."

 

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