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Mother-of-four’s fears over ‘dangerous’ steps

PUBLISHED: 11:13 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:09 23 November 2016

Leanne Forber with daughter Khaliya-Marie by the stairs which are causing her concern. Pcture: Ken Mears

Leanne Forber with daughter Khaliya-Marie by the stairs which are causing her concern. Pcture: Ken Mears

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A mum of four, including newly-delivered twins, fears being left “housebound” because the steps to her flat are too dangerous to climb.

Leanne Forber says she has requested a council home as her one-bedroom maisonette in Mona Street, Canning Town, is not suitable for four children.

The single parent is scared of slipping on one of the entrance’s 32 external concrete steps, especially in wet or windy weather, as she tries to carry three of her children to the top.

Speaking from hospital yesterday (Tues), a day after having an emergency caesarean section, Leanne said: “I don’t know how I am going to get up the stairs.

“Mum is going to have to try her best and take the babies up first and then come back for me.”

The 34-year-old, who expects to be back home by tomorrow, says she requested housing as far back as 2000 but decided to stay put until she realised she was having twins.

She fell pregnant with her twins Khavani-Joseph and Khmiah-Lucille shortly after having her daughter Khaliya-Marie, nine months ago.

She also has a son Khairi-Jay, nine.

In addition, she suffers from a curved spine condition called degenerative scoliosis.

“I am not asking the council to give me a four-bedroom house but please can I have somewhere accessible?” she said.

Leanne claims her she reapplied for a council place in October 2015 but an administrative error prevented her case being logged for two months.

She said she updated the council of her household situation in April but was told that she would have to wait until the birth of her twins to be assessed.

West Ham MP Lyn Brown confirmed that she has been in touch with Miss Forber and is liaising with the council on her behalf.

A Newham Council spokeswoman said: “Ms Forber is currently living in private rented accommodation. She originally applied to join the council’s housing waiting list in December 2015.

“She contacted us in April 2016 to update her application to reflect her change in circumstances.

“We requested additional information relating to her family to see if we could provide her with support and she provided this infofive months later in October 2016.

“There are thousands of families on our housing list – many of whom are experiencing housing issues and will have been waiting for many years for a council property.

“We have looked closely at this family’s case to see what we can do to help but there is little we can do as she is adequately housed at present.”


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