The couple have asked the local council to relocate them, as their children have been out of school for more than a month.
Matthew Coombs and Samantha Walsh from Barrie, South Wales, say the council house they have moved into as temporary housing is too far away from their children’s school for them to attend.
This means that two of their four children, nine-year-old Matthew Jr. and five-year-old Ariana, have been out of school for more than a month.
The family was renting privately in the village of St. Athan when they were forced to move out in August due to an unjustified eviction when their landlord wanted to sell the property.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council then moved them to a three-bedroom apartment in Barry, 10 miles away.
This apparently took them out of the reach of Matthew Jr. and Ariana’s school.
The couple do not have a car and were only able to take the children to school in a car owned by Brother Matthew.
However, the car had not been available for the past month so they had no options.
Matthew said: “Kids just want to go to school and be with their friends and get an education and the system doesn’t want to do anything about it.
“They haven’t been to school at all for over a month, and they haven’t been on a regular basis since we’ve been here.
“It feels like we’ve been placed in the middle of nowhere.”
The couple’s other two children, two-year-old Octavia and 13-year-old Chelan, both go to school (or nursery in Octavia’s case) in Barry.
However, Matthew said the council did not provide any solutions for Matthew Jr. or Ariana.
He added: “I begged the school to sue me because at least then something would be done.
“The principal was trying to make sure that they could keep their places at the school for a certain period of time, but in the meantime they would go to a temporary school in Barry. She worked to arrange it, but we didn’t get anything from the council.”
The 36-year-old mechanic also said the council’s mistakes mean the family is no closer to moving into a permanent home than when they were first evicted, and complained about the condition of the temporary property.
He was indignant: “When we arrived, there was still garbage from the previous tenant. There were black garbage bags, the chest of drawers was broken, the garbage was lying on the floor. It was disgusting.
“We spent four hours cleaning the place before we could start bringing our things here. My child cut his leg on the floor because the tiles were broken. I complained to the council, but they did not answer. couch over tiles.
He added that there was no electricity when they moved in and that the council told him they would refund the money to him as he had registered for gas and electricity in his own name.
Allegedly, the council did not return the money to him for six weeks and owe him about £600.
In addition, he said the council told him that the rent would be automatically covered by his housing allowance, but this was not paid and the family was not placed on a waiting list for permanent housing.
The devastated dad explained that the couple is struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year, and they even had to ask the Salvation Army if gifts could be donated.
He was indignant: “I have never been in such a position in my life.”
A spokesperson for the council said they were sorry to hear about the family’s struggles and that they “grew up with a co-worker.”
They continued: “We understand that becoming homeless is a traumatic experience, and the Housing Solutions Council team is working closely with households in this situation to help them find the right housing solution.
“Renovations were completed before the family moved in and there is no record of any maintenance issues subsequently reported by the tenant. We encourage tenants to report any maintenance issues to us as soon as possible so that appropriate repairs can be carried out.
“The landlord is required to pay rent, and if people receive benefits, they must apply for housing assistance or universal credit, as the case may be. It is also necessary to provide supporting information as needed.”
The spokesperson added: “Temporary housing tenants are charged for gas and electricity in the form of a weekly maintenance fee. In this case, the tenant was advised to register with the utility companies and set up accounts. They know that refunds are given upon receipt of receipts. provided.
“Temporary housing tenants cannot be considered for more permanent housing if they are not paying rent and have significant debt.
“If someone is experiencing financial hardship which means they cannot pay their rent, they should contact the council as soon as possible as specialist money advice and assistance with benefits is available.”
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