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Stressed and skint: ‘My family is on the brink of losing our home’

Written by on 14/10/2020

A Rotherham woman fears she will lose her family home after Covid-19 forced her husband out of work.

The woman, who does not want to be named, said her family-of-six is now relying entirely on her wage.

She is scared if her husband is not able to find work soon her family will be left homeless.

She told South Yorkshire Live : “It causes worry, lack of sleep. Trying to find a new job in this climate feels impossible.

“The worry that we could lose our home. We have three children, although one is an adult, and my mother sold her home to move in with us just before the first lockdown. 

“So I worry that this would not only mean losing the house we worked hard for but making my kids homeless and my mother.”

She said this has led to even more pressure and Monday’s announcement that South Yorkshire narrowly avoided a tier three lockdown has not been reassuring.

“There is little employment to find, with more people looking for work,” she said.

Her husband, who worked in the medical manufacturing industry, was initially furloughed as soon as the nationwide lockdown was enforced in March, but was officially made redundant on October 3.

She said the company he had worked for ran on skeleton staff for months, because non-essential surgery was cancelled and demand for surgical implements dwindled.

She said: “Its not the company’s fault – they are all trying their best to keep going. We are not on our own, there will be lots of families in the same predicament.”

But her husband now faces a race to find replacement work, as the job market is only set to get more competitive.

“He said he needs to get a job before the furlough scheme ends or there will be hundreds more out of work, that says to me he’s worried,” she said.

Despite it being “unsettling, weird times”, she said she and her family do not blame the Government for the situation that they have found themselves in.

“I believe the government is doing the best they can,” she said, “What else can they do? They have supported businesses helped by paying wages but it cannot go on for ever, it’s a long road of recovery ahead for the country.”

She said that she “wouldn’t want the job of the PM” during these “hard times”, but does not agree with another national lockdown.

“That will impact the economy and its recovery. It will affect peoples mental health, people’s physical health,” she said.

In the meantime, she and her family are waiting out the next three months as she hopes they will then be able to access insurance to help with mortgage payments.

“It’s caused lots of stress,” she added.