Heather Dickinson and her partner Bradley East-Watson, both 24, had been living in a two-bed flat at Howe Hill hostel in Acomb since May 2, having been evicted from a private rental in Clifton.
They have a two-year-old daughter, Paige, and Heather is expecting her twins in seven weeks. Heather said they were paying £212 a week to stay in the hostel and, on Bradley’s wage as a barman which varies each week depending on shifts, they could not afford to save enough for a deposit for another private flat.GAH!
Heather said they had been on the council house waiting list for more than five years. They are on a range of benefits, but Heather said that some weeks their income has fallen well below their rent and they have fallen into arrears.*weeps*
The Child Poverty Action Group campaigns for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
Chief executive Alison Garnham said: “It doesn’t matter how much debt a family has, you can’t introduce new-born twins into the world by making them homeless at the start of winter.
“Cuts to basic support for families, especially those stuck on low wages and zero hours contracts, are causing more and more families like this to get into serious housing debt.
“They can’t pay what they haven’t got.”NEITHER CAN I ANYMORE!
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