An unemployed couple with eight children living in Britain claim they are being “neglected” after a council offered them a new five-bed home that “didn’t even have a dining room”.
Arnold Mballe Sube and his wife Jeanne, 33, currently share their three-bedroom, end-of-terrace home in Luton, Bedfordshire, with their eight young children.
But the couple claim they need a property with at least six double bedrooms for them to live comfortably.
They claim the conditions of their current home are “terrible”, but turned down the chance to live somewhere roomier over a lack of storage space.
Mr Sube, 33, said: “Me and my family have been neglected, we are living in a three bedroom house and there’s not enough room for us to live – there’s ten of us.
“It’s so cramped and the conditions are terrible, my children are starting school and we can’t stay here any longer – we need a bigger house.
“The council is trying to make things hard for us, my wife is a full time mother and I am a student.
“They’re just making excuses, we need a five- or six-bedroom house with double rooms to comfortably fit our family in.’
Mr Sube moved his family to Britain from France in 2012 so that he could study mental health nursing at the University of Bedfordshire.
Luton Borough Council housed them in a hotel for almost four months before they moved to their current property.
Mr Sube added: “There wasn’t space for the things of ten people, it didn’t even have a dining room.”
A spokesman from Luton Borough Council said: “Housing stock in Luton is under constant pressure and on occasions we may have to locate families temporarily outside of Luton.
“Despite difficulties we managed to find Mr and Mrs Sube affordable housing in Luton that is large enough to house them and their eight children.
“After a generous offer on our part, we have done our bit and if housing is offered and declined without, what we judge, good reason, then we will offer the property to another family.”
Source: Daily Mail