Twenty-nine single mums - all aged under 25 - are being evicted from a hostel and could be relocated hundreds of miles away after the mother and baby unit was closed following funding cuts.Oh noes! *fetches tissues*
Since the women received a letter last month stating they had to leave by October 20, housing organisation East Thames has offered them new accommodation as far away as Manchester, Birmingham and Hastings.Oh, right. Not exactly Outer Mongolia, then?
The majority of the young mothers grew up in Newham and are reluctant to leave their friends and family. Jasmine Spone, 19, was staying on friends’ couches until she moved in 15 months ago when her daughter Safia was born.
She said: “We want our children to grow up around our families. I’m 19 and I have a baby and we both need support.”Well, tough! You should have thought about that before you saddled the taxpayer with another mouth to feed, shouldn't you?
Another, Javea Samuel, 22, mum to three-year-son Jofiah, fears she will have to drop out of college if she is forced to move away.
“I can’t move outside of London. I’m trying to make a life for my son and get myself off benefits,” she said.They do have colleges (and jobs!) in Manchester, Birmingham and Hastings, you know...