A French immigrant family that voluntarily moved to Great Britain is now complaining about their housing conditions, saying the five-bedroom home they were offered courtesy of the British taxpayer is too small because it “doesn’t even have a dining room.”
The Daily Mail reports the Sube family moved from France to Britain in 2012 so the father, 33-year-old Arnold Mballe, could study mental health nursing at the University of Bedfordshire. His wife, Jeanne, is reportedly a stay-at-home mother who, like her husband, is not employed. The couple has eight children.
After having been housed by the Luton Borough Council first in a hotel and then in a small, three-bedroom house (all while continuing to have children and remaining unemployed, mind you), the family is now claiming they are being “neglected” because they haven’t been given a larger home.
When the Luton Borough Council finally found a larger house for the family, the Subes reportedly turned it down because it wasn't big enough.
From the Daily Mail:
Their youngest daughter is just three-months old but even after viewing a new, five bedroom house, the family refused this property because of the lack of storage space.
Mr Sube added, "There wasn't space for the things of ten people, it didn't even have a dining room."
According to the report, the Subes say the council is “just making excuses” not to give them a larger home, and “claim they need a property with at least six double bedrooms for them to live comfortably.”
But the Luton Borough Council doesn’t seem to be losing too much sleep over the Subes’ situation.
A spokesman from Luton Borough Council said, "Housing stock in Luton, is under constant pressure and on occasions we may have to locate families temporarily outside of Luton.
“Despite difficulties we managed to find Mr and Mrs Sube affordable housing in Luton that is large enough to house them and their eight children.
“After a generous offer on our part, we have done our bit and if housing is offered and declined without, what we judge, good reason, then we will offer the property to another family."