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Do we need to build more council homes in Gloucester as mum pleads for a bigger house for her family?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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DISTRAUGHT mum-of-five Hayley Morris says that her house is so small for her family that she nearly killed her baby.

The 35-year-old and her partner Kevin Reynolds, 54, are desperate to move out of their two-and-a-half bedroom house in Kingsway. They want to upsize to at least a four-bed house.

Hayley claims she is caught between a rock and hard place.

Many four-bedroom houses have a maximum capacity of six people, while five bedrooms must accommodate eight people – leaving Hayley’s family of seven high and dry.

Hayley and Kevin share a double bed with their six-month-old baby Frankie, while her disabled son Thomas, two, sleeps in a single bed in the same room. Hayley says she is jobless because of her severe heart condition.

Her son also suffers from a heart condition, says Hayley.

Her daughter Shyla, 12, squeezes into a tiny box room while her other daughters Louise and Lily share a bunk bed in another room.

Hayley said: “I was distraught the other day. I woke up to find the bed covers over Frankie’s face. I thought I had killed my baby. We have just got to get out of this house.”

When she asked for a bigger home, she told an operator the only safe place to put her baby would be in the bathroom, to which she says she was told: “If that’s what you have to do, my dear.”

But a spokesman for Gloucester City Council said that there are 145 households in Gloucester needing a four-bedroom house and in the last financial year only 11 have become available.

They added: “Properties are advertised with the maximum number of people that they can take.”

Hayley fears for her family’s safety after an incident in which her brother nearly died during a house fire when she was an eight-year-old girl living in White City.

She said: “I’ve got my double bed in front of the fire escape window just so we can squeeze a single bed in here too.

“I’m terrified of fire after what happened and there’s no chance we’d escape from that room.”

Hayley also says she tripped over her cramped furniture last week, leaving her with a leg injury.

This added to other health problems associated with an accident in 2006 in which she broke her spine in three places.

She said: “It just makes matters worse. It doesn’t do me any favours.”

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  • emseaell  |  March 27 2014, 5:11PM

    Hayley claims she is caught between a rock and hard place. Rock I'm not sure about, but hard place too often, and we tax payers pay for the result

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  • THFC1882  |  March 26 2014, 8:24PM

    Is this the same Kevin Reynolds who killed Noel Bowkett after a drug deal back fired ? Scumbag has never contributed to society so gets what he deserves !

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  • MAN-IN-MINN  |  March 26 2014, 8:16PM

    If her family is too large for 4 B-R and too small for a 5 B-R, the answer is obvious to me. All she needs to do is pop out another load on society.

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  • zinboya  |  March 26 2014, 5:36PM

    Have they never heard of Bunk beds.

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 26 2014, 4:07PM

    Worthless, greedy woman, just breeding for the sake of it.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  March 26 2014, 2:43PM

    She has a severe heart condition which is why she apparently cannot work. Yet she has managed to go through the strain of giving birth to a six month old baby, and possibly a two year old depending on when she was stricken with this severe heart condition !!!!! Regardless of whether she has a heart condition or not, what has possessed her to have more children when a] her home is already to small and b] she cannot work to support them. There are many hard working people who choose not to have children for reasons A and B, because they are responsible enough to realise that the Great British workforce is not there to support what they cannot afford. Its about time that people claiming benefits have it made quite clear to them that they will receive no benefits for any offspring they produce while they are claiming benefits, it is totally irresponsible and selfish to do so. It would also help to reduce the ever burgeoning population if the government only paid child benefit for a maximum of two children.

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  • TruthSeeker7  |  March 26 2014, 12:50PM

    Am thinking that the house would already have been crowded before the addition of another baby... surely, with a serious heart condition you wouldn't add to the strain by having more children? I am aware the the citizen doesn't always report accurately and so perhaps there is more to this story than we are aware of. many people,, be they in their own home, privately rented or council stop having children because either they can't afford them or they are unable to move to larger accommodation. having children is a choice and not a necessity.

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  • RWT1203  |  March 26 2014, 11:40AM

    Suggest you get a job then Hayley! Lots of people have heart conditions and still have to work. It's obviously not severe, otherwise you wouldn't be popping out kids every few years. What does your partner do to provide for his large family? Why did you continue to have children you cannot provide properly for? Did you not realise your house was big enough and say, "Let's wait until we both have jobs and a bigger house before we try for another"?

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  • Douglasknows  |  March 26 2014, 10:45AM

    Use padded coat hangers and hang them from fitted rails in the wardrobe.

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  • supernova1  |  March 26 2014, 10:33AM

    Incensed by this report, I couldn't wait to add my threepeneth, but bu@@er me, if you excuse the pun, the previous contributors have done a fantastic job for me. Thanks lads & lasses. But her comments are full of discrepancies that a decent legal eagle would have so much fun playing with. Firstly, the father, old enough by the way to be HER father, and the children's grandad (lol!). He's sat there like a spare *****. What does he contribute? And she has had a back injury for eight years, yet has had four children since then! Obviously lying on it for great lengths of time gives immediate relief, but the consequences can last a lifetime, unless you were STUPID enough not to use contraception, or, which is more likely, this has been a plan, gradually coming to fruition. The welfare system is in crisis because of lazy and feckless people like this. My boss once said to me that the proletariat should be sterilised. At the time, I disagreed with him, but now, fifteen years on, I can see he was spot on.

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