A MUM has told how she has to bathe her disabled son in a hole in the wall of her cramped council house that doesn’t have enough room for her six kids.
Rebecca Kotwi, 36, has been living in the tiny three-bedroom property in Kitts Green, Birmingham, for almost a decade with her children.
Rebecca Kotwi, 36, says she has to bathe her son in a hole in the wall at her Birmingham home[/caption]
The mum-of-six has slammed council bosses for leaving the home in disrepair[/caption]
But the fed-up single mum has hit out at council bosses for leaving her in the run down pad that is desperate for repairs as she battles to take care of her brood as well as her son who suffers from cerebral palsy.
He requires downstairs living but the full-time carer says council housing officers have ignored her repeated requests for adaptations to be carried out.
The 36-year-old, whose kids are 18, 16, 14, nine, six, and three, says she has been “left in the lurch” by the council.
Rebecca told how she is forced to bathe her disabled son in a “hole in the wall” while the rest of her family are also forced to use the poky facilities squeezed in under the stairs.
And a huge build-up of mould has left her walls “crumbling away” in her hands while wreaking havoc on her furniture.
She said an inspector had come out to the property a number of years ago but left “without doing any work”.
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Rebecca explained: “It’s awful. I need a move but there are no houses for
me to move into.
“They have just walked out and left me. I’ve got nowhere with them. I’ve done everything that I can and it has fallen on deaf ears.”
“The housing said they would come out and repair my bathroom and my kitchen for me and I contacted occupational therapy to get the property assessed.
“He does need downstairs living. Basically, I’m bathing him in a hole in the wall.”
The mother-of-six explained the impact it is having on her family as she juggles looking after her kids and being a full-time carer.
She added that while living with the “horrific” conditions, she was being blamed for fitting the bath – despite the council actually carrying out the work.
“The house is just too small for me and my six children, it’s a three-bedroom property and there is just no space at all,” Rebecca said.
“I’ve tried to get an advocate to help with these situations because when I try and phone the council I get passed from pillar to post and nobody wants to know.
They have just walked out and left me. I’ve got nowhere with them. I’ve done everything that I can and it has fallen on deaf ears.
“I just can’t take it anymore living in this property in these sorts of conditions.”
The desperate mum has even been in touch with her MP and local councillor in a bid to try and get the issues in her home resolved.
She continued: “The housing people asked how I’m living like this. I can’t move my sofa because of the mould and the wall is also covered in mould.
“They have left me in the lurch,” Rebecca fumed.
Birmingham City Council apologised for the issues in the family home and said it would carry out improvement works.
A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “We apologise for the issues associated with mould and historic alterations in the property and we are dealing with this.
“We are also undertaking improvement works to change the bathroom to a wetroom to meet the child’s needs.
“In addition, we are working with and supporting the tenant in regard to her longer-term housing needs.”
Her wall has began crumbling away after a build of mould[/caption]
The single mum says she is desperate to move properties but has been fobbed off[/caption]