Swansea Valley grieving couple claim they were forced to leave family home
A SWANSEA Valley couple grieving for their young daughter have claimed they were forced to leave their family home.
Sion Maclaughlan, 22, and his partner Amy Dempster, 20, were living with Mr Maclaughlan's father at Pen Cwmdy Ynysmeudwy.
When Sion's dad decided to move out, before Christmas, the young couple and their new child wanted to take over occupation of the NPT Homes house. However, the pair claim that were never given that opportunity.
Their situation has been made worse by the fact their 17-day-old daughter, Heulwen, had recently died too.
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Now having to rent a home in the Amman Valley, far away from family and friends, they say they are upset with the treatment they have received.
Mr Maclaughlan said: "It's awful, I don't know how to explain it.
"The attitude of the council appeared to be get out and here is a telephone number for homeless people,"he claimed.
He added: "The baby hadn't long passed away and we had to pack up and find somewhere else to live."
The couple, who are both out of work, had to turn to their families for help.
Mr Maclaughlan said: "We had to ask our families to sort us out with bonds for private accommodation." Having had time to reflect on the episode he added: "I would like an apology from them.
"As a couple we are still grieving for the death of our daughter."
Claire Maimone, director of housing and community regeneration with NPT Homes, said: "We are available to discuss Mr Maclaughlan's housing needs and circumstances and while we have tried to contact him to discuss his housing situation, we have been unsuccessful since he left his last address.
"Within the requirements of the shared lettings policy, we are committed to assist applicants who apply for housing with us and if Mr Maclaughlan would like to contact us we will consider his circumstances within that policy."