Family of seven found living in heartbreaking conditions without furniture or carpets
A resident raised the alarm and called their local councillor saying they were concerned about a family living in Walton, Liverpool. and a team of volunteers have helped furnish the place and decorate
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A family of seven were found living in “heartbreaking” conditions in a home with hardly any furniture or carpets.
A resident raised the alarm and called their local councillor saying they were concerned about a family living in Walton, Liverpool.
Councillor Gerard Wood joined volunteers from Liverpool 6 Community Centre to visit the family and saw the “heartbreaking” scene, LiverpoolECHO reports.
He wrote on Facebook : “It was heartbreaking – the poor family of seven were living in house bare, hardly any furniture, carpets, decoration or curtains to list a few.
“I told the mum I would do what I could to help her and put the calls out on Monday afternoon”.
Volunteers set out to improve the situation and returned to the address with a skip and tools for decoration.
Cllr Woodhouse said they worked until midnight on Monday and Tuesday to paint and decorate four bedrooms, the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom, the stairs and the landing.
Carpets and flooring were fitted throughout the house by a local business and by the end of Wednesday, the home was completely furnished.
This included seven beds, bedroom furniture, a new kitchen (including an oven, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave, pots, pans and cutlery), a dining room table and chairs, a TV, sofa, coffee table, side cabinet, bookcase, and a fireplace.
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Cllr Woodhouse added: “Tomorrow we will concentrate on clothing, frozen food and the little things that will make this house a home, and at the weekend our volunteers will work on the garden.
“Before the keyboard warriors start, this family had not asked for anything, it was a neighbour who contacted me, as she was concerned. This mum was not a drug taker or alcohol dependant – the mum had slipped, like a lot of others, through the net.”
He continued: “Although the house was in a bad state, the children were loved and she tried her hardest to give the kids what she could, when she could.
“While this has been going on, we have worked with partners to get her support, her benefits looked at and also got her to see her doctor.
“It’s early days yet but hopefully the mum will get the help and support she needs. It was great to see the mum tonight and the children so happy and a job well done.”
The councillor said the family’s living situation was emblematic of life for many in Britain under the Conservative Party.
He continued: “The cuts to all services are at an all-time low, all organisations needing to make savings, the council, NHS, you name it this government has cut it. Welcome to Tory Britain.”
Britain is currently facing a cost of living crisis, which will be exacerbated by today’s announcement of the new energy price cap.
It means the price cap on standard variable tariffs – which also ends up affecting fixed-rate tariffs down the line – will rise from £1,277 to £1,971 per year from April 1.
Around 22 million households will see their energy bills soar as the average price will rise by £693 a year.
Cllr Woodhouse runs a GoFundMe on behalf of the Liverpool Six Community Association.