A Family Facing Homelessness in Rotherham

A family in Rotherham is at risk of becoming homeless after being ordered to leave their home on Brunswick Street, Thurnscoe. Amy Winter, Joshua Thain, and their three children are facing eviction due to unpaid rent.

The judge’s decision to have the family vacate the premises by January 31st comes after several months of missed rent payments. Despite Amy and Joshua being on Universal Credit, the couple claim that Barnsley Council, who were aware of their situation, have not provided any assistance.

Amy, who is currently five months pregnant, expressed her concerns about their predicament. “It’s that bad we don’t go out or anything because we’re worried,” she said. She reached out to her family for help, but they were unable to accommodate them due to limited space. Although Joshua’s uncle in Somerset has offered support, it is not a feasible solution for the family.

Amy believes that Barnsley Council needs to take action and find a resolution. She expressed her frustration, saying, “I think Barnsley Council need to get off their backside and figure out what they’re going to do, instead of just telling us one thing and next thing a different thing.”

The property in question is owned by Sanctuary Housing, and the tenancy agreement was in the name of Joshua’s late mother, Victoria Robertshaw. Victoria tragically passed away in August at the age of 45 after testing positive for Covid-19.

As we empathize with this family’s difficult situation, we would like to hear your thoughts. Do you think it’s fair to evict them? Share your opinions in the comments section below.