COUNCIL REFUSES TO HOUSE FAMILY OF SIX AND ARE FORCED TO CAMP IN A TENT – According to an article in the Daily Mail, Lorraine Botton and her five siblings have been refused a council house because they won’t give up their three budgies and four dogs.
Lorraine Botton, who suffers from epilepsy and arthritis, claims she was hounded out of their last home in Hastings, East Sussex; however there is no explanation as to why she was hounded out of her last home.
The story tells of a family being forced to live in a tent at the bottom of a friend’s garden whilst they wait for the council to find them appropriate housing.
Unfortunately, the local council has acknowledged that there is a shortage of suitable accommodation and therefore it could be Christmas before they are able to house them all.
The family consists of the mother, Lorraine Botton, 54 and her five children, Moses, 18, Caleb, 19, Genty, 22, Louise, 26, and Naomi, 36 – and of course there are the three budgies and four dogs.
According to Lorraine Botton she was initially offered a council house for her and her siblings however the council informed her that there were no pets allowed. It was therefore up to Lorraine Botton – either get rid of her pets or wait for alternative accommodation; Lorraine Botton turned the council down after refusing to move without her beloved animals.
Call me a cynic but something is not quite kosher here. The story appears to be an effort to drum up public sympathy and to a degree I think we could all agree that their circumstances are unpleasant – but there are other people far worse off and not by their own making.
Let’s cover some issue here…
What sort of family is hounded out of a property? Well, generally it is those who are anti-social and when the neighbours finally have enough they rally together in order to get them moved. Is this the case?
Unfortunately this wasn’t covered in the story but families are not hounded out simply through a vindictive campaign.
Another issue here is the fact that the family spent no less than two years in Bed & Breakfast accommodation – whilst this is not a unique incident it has to be asked why was this family placed in Bed & Breakfast for such a long period of time? Could it be that their anti-social behaviour has made it difficult for a council to find appropriate accommodation?
I’m sure that we can all appreciate that Lorraine Botton suffers from ill health but look closely at her family members and their ages – 18, Caleb, 19, Genty, 22, Louise, 26, and Naomi, 36.
Is Lorraine Botton really trying to convince the nation that not one of her children; all of adult age, are not able to find a home of their own? Do any of them work?
For a council to provide accommodation large enough to house them all it would appear that none of them do work or that they are all on very low incomes – on that note why are six adults all living under the same roof; surely they would be able to find accommodation of their own?
As you might expect this story raises more questions than those answered and the news corporations running this story have garnered some extremely colourful comments from their armies of readers.
Many people fall upon hard times now and then and this is exactly what our welfare system is there for – to help in times of need until we are able to help ourselves.
It would be easy to assume here that Lorraine Botton and her family are abusing the welfare system and if this is the case they wouldn’t be alone.
Cast your mind back to the likes of Cleo Embley and Heather Frost – again two perfect examples of people having an extensive family that the taxpayer is forced to keep.
We have seen a number of changes recently to the welfare system; most notably the latest reform where the Government is about to force the long-term unemployed to undertake unpaid community service work in return for their benefits.
Again we need more welfare reforms in order to reduce the abuse and certainly move away from the ‘entitlement’ culture that we have allowed to be developed.