A HUGE mother could be kicked out of her 17-year ‘permanent home’ within days – after becoming embroiled in a £9k dispute with the council.
Monica Cru-Hall has shared a two-bed home in Knutton, Staffordshire, with her four children since 2005.
She bought the property, but is facing bankruptcy proceedings from Stoke-on-Trent City Council more than £9,000 was awarded to her in a dispute settlement.
But then it was reported that the council had paid the wrong amount twice – and Monica didn’t realize it until it was too late.
The former teacher was given an expulsion notice on February 16, and the incident dates back to 2016.
Monica, 43 years old, told Stoke Sentinel: The board gave me a check which I put in the bank account. I waited four days and then started paying for everything. But it seems they also paid to my account via bank transfer.
“From July to December 2016 I had no income at all. There are bills to pay and I have quite a few people who have lost their families. It was a really crazy time.
“The council said they overpaid me in late December 2016 / early January 2017. My father was hospitalized at the time and then he passed away.
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“When he passed away, he had an outstanding life insurance premium of about £5,000. He was expecting to live much longer.
“I really didn’t notice my account balance. I have two young children under the age of three and I have a dad, who means the whole world to me, all of a sudden.
“He had no previous illness. He was 77 years old but didn’t look more than 50 a day.
“I can’t explain how spiritual that period of my life was. I was left for almost six months without money.
“The first thing I did was pay a large sum of money on my mortgage because it hadn’t been paid in six months.
“Looking at your own money is not the case when you know the money is here and pay others.
“We realized that Dad would need to pay around £4,000 for his life insurance to be able to collect the body.”
The mother of four claims she has returned £1,000 to relatives to have her cousin’s body returned to the UK after her death in Jamaica.
After paying various expenses, she looked at her bank account and realized she still had £5,000 left.
She knew something was wrong and said she offered to pay the council £7,000 initially and then agreed to a payment plan of the remaining £2,000.
But Monica says this has been rejected by the council and the amount owed has now skyrocketed to £60,000 due to court fees.
She said she started packing her things from her house 17 years to leave.
Monica added: “What the council is trying to do now is force the sale of my house, which means I will have nowhere to live. I checked to see if I could get housing but I couldn’t.
“I checked to see if I could make money selling the house, but I really wouldn’t. Maybe I will get 10,000 pounds. It won’t be a deposit on another home and I won’t receive it immediately.
“No is disgusting. I think the board showed a complete and utter lack of empathy. I don’t know how they could have mistakenly paid me and then taken me to court.
“I was very embarrassed, even though I did nothing wrong. The council made a mistake.
“I can’t understand why it was allowed to happen. They made a mistake but they are punishing me and my children for it.
“It was their incompetence that made me and my four children face homelessness. This is our forever home.
“I was very nervous about that. I have this about staying positive in negative situations. I have four people who depend on me and that is my light. “
A council spokesman said: “The dispute with Ms Cru-Hall has been going on since 2016. Stoke-on-Trent City Council does not take bankruptcy applications lightly, and these only apply. when there is no other alternative.
“We believe that all actions taken against Ms. Cru-Hall to recover remuneration were taken in a reasonable, fair and timely manner.
“Debtors have multiple opportunities to pay or agree to a mutually beneficial payment plan throughout the recovery process, as well as the opportunity to pay the outstanding amount in full.
“We tried to contact her, however there was no reasonable offer of reimbursement, which ultimately led to the case being taken to court.
“Stoke-on-Trent Council did not make Ms Cru-Hall homeless, nor were we asked to support any further application from her.
“We are communicating with the courts and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to the best of our ability but mindful of the council’s duty to protect the public purse.
“We engage and discuss options with any debtor who informs us that they are experiencing financial difficulty, in order to come up with the best form of recovery for them.
“As part of that process, we direct people to agencies that provide free financial help and guidance.”
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