Fury over family of four homed in single B&B room

Basingstoke Gazette: Mandy Rawlings and her partner Matthew Kidd Mandy Rawlings and her partner Matthew Kidd

A MUM is furious after her family of four were homed by the council in a single room in a B&B.

Mandy Rawlings, 44, has been on the borough council’s bidding system for an affordable home for three-and-a-half years.

She had to sell her Kingsclere home in 2009 after struggling to pay the mortgage when her ex-husband was jailed for eight years. She moved in with her mother for 16 weeks, along with her two children.

But the conditions were cramped and when her father became seriously ill the family moved again into a rented home, using money from the sale of the house.

But six months ago the owner of their rented home died, and relatives wanted to sell the house, so evicted Miss Rawlings and her family.

With all her money gone, and unable to work full-time because of depression and stress, Miss Rawlings hoped the council would at last offer her an affordable home.

But from early July, Miss Rawlings, her 25-year-old fiancé Matthew Kidd, and her 14-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, who she does not want to be named, have been put up by the council in a single room in Copper Beeches, Cliddesden Road.

Miss Rawlings, who works for eight hours a week as a carer, said: “I just think it’s disgusting. I lost my last job because of the stress of all of this and it is really affecting the kids.

“All we want is an affordable home, where we can put pictures on the walls and put down some roots.

“At the moment my children are in the same room, which isn’t right at their age and we’re all so cramped.

“It’s just not right. All I want to do is to get a full-time job again and be homed somewhere we can afford – somewhere we can call home.”

She believes the family is entitled to an affordable home based on the points system because of her health issues, the fact the children receive counselling and their educational needs, and the overcrowded conditions in the B&B, including her teenagers sharing a room.

The council’s Cabinet member for housing and regeneration Cllr Rob Golding, said: “The council works closely with all applicants who are homeless or threatened with homelessness to fully explore all the housing options available to them and assesses all housing register applications using the allocations scheme criteria.

“Whilst it is not the case that households placed in bed and breakfast would necessarily get awarded more or even maximum points, due to each case being considered on its own merits, if applicants consider their situation may warrant additional priority we will review their application.

“This has already been undertaken in this particular case and the council is satisfied its assessment is correct.”

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7:54am Sat 31 Aug 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

I think I would be grateful for a roof over my head, rather than running to the local paper.
I think I would be grateful for a roof over my head, rather than running to the local paper. Best_Name_Ever

7:54am Sat 31 Aug 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

I think I would be grateful for a roof over my head, rather than running to the local paper.
I think I would be grateful for a roof over my head, rather than running to the local paper. Best_Name_Ever

2:53pm Sat 31 Aug 13

Pacifier says...

yeah far too good for her...put her in a larger tent....or of course she could get off her arse and find a job I'm tired of these parasites moaning!!!
yeah far too good for her...put her in a larger tent....or of course she could get off her arse and find a job I'm tired of these parasites moaning!!! Pacifier

3:52pm Sat 31 Aug 13

Sensory says...

I wish I could have a free place to stay. Stupidly when I left school, I decided not to have kids until I could afford them and get a full time job. Wrong move in benefits Britain.
I wish I could have a free place to stay. Stupidly when I left school, I decided not to have kids until I could afford them and get a full time job. Wrong move in benefits Britain. Sensory

4:33pm Sat 31 Aug 13

grannychris says...

sorry dont understand, if you were in rented occomadation and paying your rent then when you left you should have got your deposit back , which could have been used to get another rented place, and as you are living with your boyfriend he should be paying some of the rent, dont think we are getting the full story .
sorry dont understand, if you were in rented occomadation and paying your rent then when you left you should have got your deposit back , which could have been used to get another rented place, and as you are living with your boyfriend he should be paying some of the rent, dont think we are getting the full story . grannychris

7:56pm Sat 31 Aug 13

jonone says...

Sensory wrote:
I wish I could have a free place to stay. Stupidly when I left school, I decided not to have kids until I could afford them and get a full time job. Wrong move in benefits Britain.
Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Sensory[/bold] wrote: I wish I could have a free place to stay. Stupidly when I left school, I decided not to have kids until I could afford them and get a full time job. Wrong move in benefits Britain.[/p][/quote]Spot on. jonone

1:13pm Sun 1 Sep 13

popleyrebel2 says...

Better still move in with Maria Miller MP, mum and dad have enjoyed living off the tax payer.
Any news on the inquiry in to her alleged housing benefit scam???
It must be 7 month now .
Better still move in with Maria Miller MP, mum and dad have enjoyed living off the tax payer. Any news on the inquiry in to her alleged housing benefit scam??? It must be 7 month now . popleyrebel2

9:20am Mon 2 Sep 13

laurence86 says...

8 hours a week is a hobby, not a job. How comes those of us who do work can find a new job whilst working a full time job, yet people who have the whole day to be out looking for a job seem incapable?
8 hours a week is a hobby, not a job. How comes those of us who do work can find a new job whilst working a full time job, yet people who have the whole day to be out looking for a job seem incapable? laurence86

10:57am Mon 2 Sep 13

Sam_Walker123456 says...

jonone wrote:
Sensory wrote:
I wish I could have a free place to stay. Stupidly when I left school, I decided not to have kids until I could afford them and get a full time job. Wrong move in benefits Britain.
Spot on.
Looks like you and Sensory left school before you had got to English Comprehension. There is nothing in this article which suggests that Mandy Rawlings started a family before she 'could afford them and get a full time job'. In fact the article tells a story of somebody who had a home, job, husband and children but, because of circumstances beyond her control, lost all but her family.
Is it right that her ex-husband, who brought her to this position, probably has better accommodation than her and his children?
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensory[/bold] wrote: I wish I could have a free place to stay. Stupidly when I left school, I decided not to have kids until I could afford them and get a full time job. Wrong move in benefits Britain.[/p][/quote]Spot on.[/p][/quote]Looks like you and Sensory left school before you had got to English Comprehension. There is nothing in this article which suggests that Mandy Rawlings started a family before she 'could afford them and get a full time job'. In fact the article tells a story of somebody who had a home, job, husband and children but, because of circumstances beyond her control, lost all but her family. Is it right that her ex-husband, who brought her to this position, probably has better accommodation than her and his children? Sam_Walker123456

2:29pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Jonty11 says...

I'd suggest (as others have done) that we're not getting the full picture here. Undoubtedly the circumstances seem to suggest that with four people in one room, the Council would be guilty of creating overcrowding and I am sure Ms Rawlings hasn't deliberately set out to create this situation -

but if the Council has assessed her needs and not put her into something else it's either because a) they haven't got anything and they've popped her into B&B to wait or b) she's not eligible

Call me a cynic - I think it's b) and that's why its in the press.
I'd suggest (as others have done) that we're not getting the full picture here. Undoubtedly the circumstances seem to suggest that with four people in one room, the Council would be guilty of creating overcrowding and I am sure Ms Rawlings hasn't deliberately set out to create this situation - but if the Council has assessed her needs and not put her into something else it's either because a) they haven't got anything and they've popped her into B&B to wait or b) she's not eligible Call me a cynic - I think it's b) and that's why its in the press. Jonty11

8:17am Wed 4 Sep 13

Buster Preciation says...

As usual with Gazette stories there questions raised which should have been raised by the reporter. A lot is made of the mother's inability to work but nothing is mentioned of her fiance. Perhaps laziness would reduce the impact of the report?
As usual with Gazette stories there questions raised which should have been raised by the reporter. A lot is made of the mother's inability to work but nothing is mentioned of her fiance. Perhaps laziness would reduce the impact of the report? Buster Preciation

11:48am Wed 4 Sep 13

W Wallace says...

Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information.
Mandy Rawlings
15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere.
24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place.
26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait
30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.
Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense. W Wallace

5:49pm Wed 4 Sep 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

W Wallace wrote:
Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.
Also looks like she is getting married, as she picked up the rings on 22 August. How nice. I can't afford to get married because my partner and I are paying the mortgage on our one bedroom flat.
[quote][p][bold]W Wallace[/bold] wrote: Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.[/p][/quote]Also looks like she is getting married, as she picked up the rings on 22 August. How nice. I can't afford to get married because my partner and I are paying the mortgage on our one bedroom flat. Best_Name_Ever

11:20am Thu 5 Sep 13

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Best_Name_Ever wrote:
W Wallace wrote:
Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.
Also looks like she is getting married, as she picked up the rings on 22 August. How nice. I can't afford to get married because my partner and I are paying the mortgage on our one bedroom flat.
Anybody can afford to get married in the UK. But what you pay depends on what you want from a wedding.
The average cost is now something like £20k. But there is a budget chain of hotels offering to do it for £199, so I am sure, with a bit of imagination and the help of friends and family, you can do it for less than £100.
A wedding should be a special day, but spending £20k does not give a guarantee of this. So why not make it special by making it the best you can with what you can afford.
Clearly marriage is not top of your list of priorities so why spend any more than you can afford on it.
[quote][p][bold]Best_Name_Ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]W Wallace[/bold] wrote: Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.[/p][/quote]Also looks like she is getting married, as she picked up the rings on 22 August. How nice. I can't afford to get married because my partner and I are paying the mortgage on our one bedroom flat.[/p][/quote]Anybody can afford to get married in the UK. But what you pay depends on what you want from a wedding. The average cost is now something like £20k. But there is a budget chain of hotels offering to do it for £199, so I am sure, with a bit of imagination and the help of friends and family, you can do it for less than £100. A wedding should be a special day, but spending £20k does not give a guarantee of this. So why not make it special by making it the best you can with what you can afford. Clearly marriage is not top of your list of priorities so why spend any more than you can afford on it. Sam_Walker123456

1:16pm Thu 5 Sep 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

Sam_Walker123456 wrote:
Best_Name_Ever wrote:
W Wallace wrote: Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.
Also looks like she is getting married, as she picked up the rings on 22 August. How nice. I can't afford to get married because my partner and I are paying the mortgage on our one bedroom flat.
Anybody can afford to get married in the UK. But what you pay depends on what you want from a wedding. The average cost is now something like £20k. But there is a budget chain of hotels offering to do it for £199, so I am sure, with a bit of imagination and the help of friends and family, you can do it for less than £100. A wedding should be a special day, but spending £20k does not give a guarantee of this. So why not make it special by making it the best you can with what you can afford. Clearly marriage is not top of your list of priorities so why spend any more than you can afford on it.
You are completely right Sam. My priority is not to get married. It is to make sure that I can afford to keep a roof over my head. I would not even pay £100 for a wedding, if it meant that I could not afford to pay part of the mortgage or bills. And certainly, if I had no job, two children and a partner to be responsible for and I ran to the paper complaining that the council would not house me, I would not even consider putting £100 towards a wedding.
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker123456[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Best_Name_Ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]W Wallace[/bold] wrote: Hmm Facebook,. Simply the best source of reliable information. Mandy Rawlings 15/9 Council D*ck heads hate them So many meetings getting nowhere. 24/9 Can't wat two weeks and we get our keys to our new place. 26/9 We get our keys tomorrow, can't wait 30/9 Gazette publishes the above nonsense.[/p][/quote]Also looks like she is getting married, as she picked up the rings on 22 August. How nice. I can't afford to get married because my partner and I are paying the mortgage on our one bedroom flat.[/p][/quote]Anybody can afford to get married in the UK. But what you pay depends on what you want from a wedding. The average cost is now something like £20k. But there is a budget chain of hotels offering to do it for £199, so I am sure, with a bit of imagination and the help of friends and family, you can do it for less than £100. A wedding should be a special day, but spending £20k does not give a guarantee of this. So why not make it special by making it the best you can with what you can afford. Clearly marriage is not top of your list of priorities so why spend any more than you can afford on it.[/p][/quote]You are completely right Sam. My priority is not to get married. It is to make sure that I can afford to keep a roof over my head. I would not even pay £100 for a wedding, if it meant that I could not afford to pay part of the mortgage or bills. And certainly, if I had no job, two children and a partner to be responsible for and I ran to the paper complaining that the council would not house me, I would not even consider putting £100 towards a wedding. Best_Name_Ever

4:14pm Thu 5 Sep 13

Sam_Walker123456 says...

So, bestnameever, if it is not a priority why moan that you cannot afford to get married?
So, bestnameever, if it is not a priority why moan that you cannot afford to get married? Sam_Walker123456

9:14pm Thu 5 Sep 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

Sam_Walker123456 wrote:
So, bestnameever, if it is not a priority why moan that you cannot afford to get married?
Who was moaning Sam? Mandy Rawlings was complaining about her situation to the Gazette. My post noted she was getting married, with the undertone that if she can afford money for a wedding, she can put it towards getting out of her situation. Everyone else got it.
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker123456[/bold] wrote: So, bestnameever, if it is not a priority why moan that you cannot afford to get married?[/p][/quote]Who was moaning Sam? Mandy Rawlings was complaining about her situation to the Gazette. My post noted she was getting married, with the undertone that if she can afford money for a wedding, she can put it towards getting out of her situation. Everyone else got it. Best_Name_Ever

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