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Mum Of Ten Begs For More Room In Council House

01/09/2010 16:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

A mum who lives in a three-bedroomed house with 10 children and her partner is asking for a bigger house.

Donna Harrison, from Bradford, says she has been asking social landlord Incommunities to allocate her family a bigger house for five years, to no avail.

Donna has six children and also looks after another four, one of whom is her live-in partner's daughter.

She shares a bedroom with a son and daughter as well as her partner, and told the Daily Mail: 'I can't cope. There's no room in the house for the kids.'

'We have taken on three extra kids and no one's given us any help. When people have got 10 kids they should knock two houses through for them.'

Her partner, Fabian Bland, a delivery driver, said: ' When the children have their friends round, it's like a kindergarten in here.'

Donna was offered a choice of four-bedroomed properties in 2008 but turned them down because they were not big enough.

She was also offered a large private sector property through Incommunities' guarantee scheme, which she refused.

An Incommunities spokesman said: 'Unfortunately, larger family-sized homes of four bed or more are very limited.

'We always advise people looking for rented family-sized accommodation to be flexible.'

Bradford Council housing officer Andy Bebbington told the Daily Mail: 'We have been to visit the tenant to offer advice and support but there is a shortage of large social housing properties. We are taking steps to address the problem in the long term.'

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