A French family living in England that turned down three offers for government housing because the homes were not large enough reportedly receives an estimated $59,000 in benefits each year.
Arnold and Jeanne Mballe Sube, who live in government housing with their eight children, are demanding a larger home for their family because their current three-bedroom house is too small. A local council says the family has turned down three offers for larger homes because the houses they have been offered are not big enough, reports the Daily Mail.
The couple made headlines after it was reported they cost taxpayers $50,000, plus an additional $28,000 in room service, to be put up in a hotel for four months while waiting to move in to their current home, reports The Sun.
Now, after turning down three homes offered to them, council leaders have given the family an ultimatum, warning that if they do not accept the next offer for a larger house, they will be evicted from their current home.
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The family's current home is valued at about $185,000, and costs taxpayers about $20,000 in rent per year.
"We are living in a three-bedroom house and there's not enough room for us," Arnold said. "It's so cramped and the conditions are terrible. My children are starting school and we can't stay here any longer. The council is trying to make things hard for us. My wife is a full-time mother and I am a student. They're just making excuses."
The father added, "We need a five- or six-bedroom house with double rooms to comfortably fit our family."
A member of parliament from the Conservative Party reportedly responded to the family's demands, calling the parents "shameless" and accusing them of "making a mockery of the benefits system."