Couple who live in a one-bed flat told to 'stop having kids'

A couple who live in a one-bedroom flat were told by their housing provider to ‘stop having kids’.

Shirley Purton, 24, lives with her partner, Luke Lumbard, 32, and their three children – Isabell, two, Lareece, one, and Matilda, who is 19-weeks-old.

The family of five live in a tiny flat in Thetford, Norfolk, which has no outdoor space and next to no storage.

They called their housing provider, Havebury Housing to inquire about bidding on a new property – and were rudely told to ‘stop having kids’.

Shirley Purton, who cannot work due to health reasons, said: “We’ve been on a council list since my daughter, Isobel, was first born.

“My partner spoke to Havebury Housing, they are a housing provider and that’s where we bid for properties.

“They told my partner that it looked like there wouldn’t be houses available for a while and to stop having kids.”

Shirley said that there is a main road right at the back of the building where they live, and that the children can’t safely go out to play – but that’s not their biggest problem.

At the minute, all five of them are sharing the small flat and the bedroom has to be used for storage.

She added: “We live in a one-bedroom flat, there’s five of us who live there. We have a living room, a kitchen, and there’s one bedroom with a toilet in the bedroom.

“It’s too small, we’re happy to make do with the space – I didn’t have kids just to get a bigger place. “

A spokesperson for Havebury Housing said: “We are investigating this matter in line with our complaints process.

“If a member of our team has said something inappropriate, we offer our sincere apologies to the family concerned.

“We work hard to ensure our customer-facing teams operate professionally and courteously at all times and we will act appropriately if we find our high standards have not been met.

“We will liaise directly with the family to resolve any dissatisfaction of service.”


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