A pregnant 38-year-old mother of seven is demanding to be rehoused from her leaking four-bedroom council flat – but is she asking too much?
Alana Burns is a mum of seven, soon to be mother of nine, living in the UK town of Livingston in what she describes as a ‘hellish’ and ‘uninhabitable’ four-bedroom council flat The Daily Mail reports. Alana has crammed her children, with ages ranging from 2 up to 20 years old into the council flat above a local pub.
Rather Live Anywhere Else
Alana claims that the maintenance on the council flat has been non-existent. “The council has been out to the leak and said they’d get in touch with me, I have heard nothing,” she said. “This has been going on for weeks and it needs sorting out. We’re now down to eight people sharing three bedrooms which is ridiculous.”
Prior to living in the council property, the family were renting a private flat in Livingston before the landlord decided to sell.
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Now Alana wants out of the council flat she has been forced to live in since September, complaining that it did not come with a television and that there is limited space for her children to play. “I just want to get out of this hell. I’d rather live anywhere else as long as it is not here. It’s been really tough.”
Finding A Solution
A spokesperson for West Lothian council told The Mirror that it can be challenging to find suitable accommodation for large families on short notice. “We would encourage Ms Burns to engage with the offers of support already made, to allow us to help find a solution for her family’s housing needs. This includes widening her choice of areas to maximise her opportunities for permanent housing.”
Given the vulnerable position that Alana and her family are in, we can understand their frustration, but we have to acknowledge that a family of ten is difficult, if not impossible, to house while also ticking boxes such as location, outdoor space and appliances. It sounds like she is being way too picky! It’s a tricky situation and one that doesn’t look like being resolved any time soon!
So what do you think – is Alana asking too much or is it the council’s responsibility to find her a suitable home in the area she chooses? Tell us in the comments.