A FAMILY-of-six have been evicted from their council house for spending up to £40-a-week on JustEat takeaways instead of paying rent.
Heavily pregnant Lucrezia Worrell, 27, her partner Daniel Eyers, 32, and his four young children have been ordered to leave their home in Gillingham, Kent.
Daniel, who “loves Indian and Chinese meals,” said Medway Council officers told his family made themselves “intentionally homeless” by failing to pay rent.
Instead, the family spent their money on takeaways from JustEat, including a £45 meal for his son’s birthday.
Mr Eyers, who is the father to four children under the age of five, is now homeless with a newborn on the way.
The dad of four, who says he cannot get a job because he has to drive his kids to school, admitted he sometimes makes a late rent payment but “always pays the money that’s owed”.
He told Kent Online: “We like to treat the children once a week to a takeaway.
“They don’t usually get much, so it’s a nice treat.
It was my son’s birthday the other month and we spent £45 but were told by the council we were spending money on non-essentials rather than paying rent.”
Daniel and Lucrezia, who are expecting a baby in less than a month, claim they can spend between £25 and £40 a week on takeaways.
The couple, along with four kids, were living in Keyes Avenue, Chatham, until April when their landlord decided to end the tenancy.
Since then, the family were living in emergency accommodation in Gillingham.
The family’s takeaway habit was uncovered when Mr Eyres was asked to send over their bank statements.
Despite falling behind on rent, the statements showed the family treated themselves to JustEat takeaways weekly.
Mr Eyers said: “I’ve been a Medway resident my whole life. It was hard enough being moved from Chatham to Gillingham as my children go to school in Chatham.
“I couldn’t get a job as it meant my children would miss out on school, as I have to drive them there every day.”
Bailiffs turned up to the house on Monday while the family were on the school run and were evicted.
The couple, along with the five-year-old, four-year-old, and pair of two-year-old twins, are now staying with family until they plan out their next move.
Since being turfed out of their home in Kent, the family have been offered a home 400 miles away in Tyne and Wear.
Mark Breathwick, head of strategic housing at Medway Council, said support was provided to Mr Eyers before he was evicted and the council has continued to help him since.
He added: “Emergency accommodation is provided to people where appropriate.”