Couple crammed into one-bed flat with three children told ‘stop having kids’ after demanding bigger council home

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A COUPLE crammed into a one-bedroom flat with three children claim they were told by their housing provider to “stop having kids”.

Shirley Purton, 24, lives with her partner, Luke Lumbard, 32, and their kids – 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 limited storage.

They called their housing provider, Havebury Housing, to ask about bidding on a bigger home – and were 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.

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.”

The Sun Online has contacted Thetford Town Council for comment.

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