Home plight of family who sleep on a floor
PUBLISHED: 16:21 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010
A BUDLEIGH Salterton-mother-of-three and her sick husband say they are forced to sleep on the floor every night because their council property is too small. Jo Yonwin, of Moormead, her husband Paul, 43, and daughter Kerry, 22, do not have beds because the
A BUDLEIGH Salterton-mother-of-three and her sick husband say they are forced to sleep on the floor every night because their council property is too small.Jo Yonwin, of Moormead, her husband Paul, 43, and daughter Kerry, 22, do not have beds because they have nowhere to put them in the family-of-five's two-bedroom flat.Mrs Yonwin's family moved to the flat in May this year after they were evicted from their privately-rented home in Cheriton Fitzpayne - and since then have been in a battle with the district council to find them a larger home.She claims the council told her she must 'bid' for a larger property against other tenants also looking to move. "They are just not listening. They don't understand what it is like," said Mrs Yonwin, 42. "They go home to their delightful three-bedroom houses. They don't care what they put people through."My husband's asked for a gun - he's had enough. We have got no privacy."Sometimes Kerry crashes out on the floor in just a sleeping bag. We haven't got any quality family life. We don't have friends to come over. It's embarrassing to have them here and we haven't got the room. We have nowhere to keep our clothes - it's ridiculous."NHS-worker Mrs Yonwin and her husband, who suffers with a chronic brain tissue disease, claim they are forced to sleep on a mattress which they keep behind the sofa in their sitting room and pull out onto the floor every night.Their 22-year-old daughter Kerry, a Cardiff University student, sleeps on the floor in the hallway until she returns to her studies in the autumn.The couple's autistic seven-year-old daughter Sarah, a St Peter's Primary School pupil, and their 19-year-old son, Aston, who suffers from hyperactivity, are the only members of the family to have their own bedrooms.East Devon District Council wrote to the family saying the Moormead property was the 'most suitable' it had available at the time of the family's eviction, adding it recognised the family's need to move and would assist them once a suitable home was found.A council spokeswoman said: "Mrs Yonwin has lodged a complaint with the council which is being investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman. In the circumstances, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.