Couple with newborn baby are left homeless
Last updated at 11:32, Thursday, 13 September 2012
A YOUNG family with a new-born baby have been left homeless after the Egremont floods wreaked havoc with their plans to move house.
Steven Hubbard, partner Emma Bell and new-born daughter Grace had been due to move into a property at Briscoe Mount last week.
However, Mr Hubbard says that they found out on the day that they were due to move in – when Miss Bell left hospital having given birth to Grace – that the house had been reallocated by social landlords Home Group to a family from elsewhere in Egremont whose home had been hit by the floods.
“We are effectively homeless,” said Steven. “We had been living with Emma’s parents [Bill and Edna Bell at Milton Road] but there isn’t space for us all, plus they have been flooded too so we can’t live there.” Home put the family up in hotels and they spent three nights in The Queen’s in St Bees and three in The Howgate.
“We have had to move about from place to place, and living in hotels is not ideal with a week-old baby, especially as we don’t drive.”
The family left The Howgate on Tuesday and contacted a homeless advisor at Copeland Council. They were placed straight away in emergency accommodation at Copeland Avenue, Egremont, which will last a maximum of two weeks.
Andrea Thorn, Home’s head of customer service, said: “A property in Briscoe Mount which had been identified for Mr Hubbard, but not yet signed over to him, will need to be used for one of the families whose homes have been flooded.
“As soon as repairs are complete and the property in Briscoe Mount becomes available, it will be offered to Mr Hubbard.
“We have paid for hotel accommodation and are happy to continue to do so.
“Mr Hubbart is also able to apply for other homes whilst Brisco Mount is used as temporary accommodation so he could find alternative property.”
First published at 11:11, Thursday, 13 September 2012
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Itâs unfortunate that this family are in this situation, but at least they can be thankful that in a welfare state such as ours, they are not being left out on the streets and all those concerned within the council/housing depts are ensuring that they have a roof over their heads every day.A bit annoying really that they feel they have to tell their story in the local newspaper, giving the impression that they are being hard done by!
Things could be a lot harder!!
They should be thankful.
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