Ipswich: Work on Glamorgan Road council home for family of 12 to begin

The two houses in Galmorgan Road that the council plan to knock through to house a family of 12 on benefits The two houses in Galmorgan Road that the council plan to knock through to house a family of 12 on benefits

Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:30 AM

Work to create a six-bedroom council home for an Ipswich family of 12 after borough chiefs agreed to knock through the house next door will start early next week, it is understood.

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The Ipswich Star exclusively revealed in October that Tim Fisk, 44, his heavily-pregnant partner Mandy Ball, 41, and their 10 children were promised their new taxpayer-funded home in Glamorgan Road.

The move provoked national controversy and triggered a petition signed by 84 angry residents opposed to the move.

Those objections were turned down by Ipswich Borough Council (IBC), which said the conversion 
was the most cost-effective way of meeting the family’s housing needs.

Former security guard Mr Fisk defended the decision in the aftermath of the revelation, slamming his neighbours in the Maidenhall area for being “jealous”.

He said he had “worked all his life” and insisted his family were entitled to the extra space, while arguing it was their “human right” to decide how many children to have.

The unemployed couple, whose children range from 15 years old to one-year-old, have lived at their terraced property for seven years. The new home will cater for 10 of their 12 children, with the other two having moved out.

Construction work, which an IBC spokesman said will cost £6,000, will see builders knock through an unoccupied house next door to where the family live.

The Star understands it will finally start early next week, most likely on Monday, after it was previously reported builders were due to start before Christmas.

Speaking in October, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said the news would “concern” taxpayers.

He argued it reinforced the importance of the Coalition Government’s flagship welfare reform, which recently introduced a benefits cap of £26,000 – £500 a week – on all households. However those with a person on disability allowance are exempt.

Mr Fisk refused to disclose exactly how much his family receives in benefits but said he has been forced into becoming a full time carer to his 14-year-old son Daniel, who is blind in one eye and has serious learning difficulties.

He also said he had to give up security guard employment in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex three years ago in order to care for his partner who he said requires “round-the-clock care”.

Speaking in October, an IBC spokesman said there were 3,203 people on the council’s housing waiting list, with 391 of these eligible for three-bedroom homes.

Explaining the decision, he said: “This is a very unusual situation and not something we would normally contemplate doing but, having reviewed all the options, we believe that this is the most cost-effective option to find a solution to this family’s needs.

“The alterations can be reversed in the future. We have only one six-bedroom house in our stock.”

32 comments

  • How on earth is she so disabled needing round the clock care and yet pumping out child after child. I am sure there are more deserving people needing help.

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    marlyn

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Mr Fisk says, Jealous, really. No your neighbors are fed up with your choices of a free ride on the tax payer. Get a job.

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    carrottop

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Waspie's wife I had my 2 children in the 70's. Before all this madness of cosseted lifestyle choices. 10 children!!!!! Oh and there was no family allowance for the first one, until late 70's. Now p.correctly named child benefit. It was brought in after the war to encourage people to have more children.....job done I'd say.

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    waspie

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Mr Fisk.You need to be more open here.Have you or your family had a criminal record or been in trouble with the Police?do you or your family make your neighbours lives a living hell deliberately or harbor known criminals? This must have been approved after consultation with the planning committee.Why do I get the impression this is the Conservative minority drip feeding information + rabble rousing on a UKIP slant..If the work is the best cheapest solution then so be it and Mr Fisk must do something towards the cost.But I am pig sick of the small town mentality and deliberately targeting this family for cheap news.

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    JC

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • what a load of BS ... my daughter has suffered a severe injury and is now disabled in a wheelchair.... she lives in the top floor flat with a baby, and she isn't classed as priority, she cant get out unless someone helps her and baby down the 3 flights of stairs?

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    observerofmany

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Don't take their TV away DaveHedgehog, they'll only make more children!

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    Pop-pop

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Should never be allowed...they can rent privately with all the benefit they get

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    alison.r

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I know a family who had two house's knocked together for their large family. Now the kids have all moved out a few years back and the couple still resides in the six bedroom house. Shouldn't the couple be re-homed for this large family. This would save the council spending more of our tax money.

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    carrottop

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Mr Fisk.You need to be more open here.Have you or your family had a criminal record or been in trouble with the Police?do you or your family make your neighbours lives a living hell deliberately or harbor known criminals? This must have been approved after consultation with the planning committee.Why do I get the impression this is the Conservative minority drip feeding information + rabble rousing on a UKIP slant..If the work is the best cheapest solution then so be it and Mr Fisk must do something towards the cost.But I am pig sick of the small town mentality and deliberately targeting this family for cheap news.

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    JC

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • 1 eyed son that needs caring for! This family have used this weak excuse for so long now that they are believing their own useless excuses. Isn't the wife always out and about? The feeble excuses that this useless couple use are feeble and weak. And yes it is about time the star stopped reporting this rubbish, as previously mentioned it does rub salt into the wounds. Blimey we all know or know of someone who is genuinely disabled or finds life a struggle, but they still battle on and not milk us taxpayers. I do not qualify for a sensible house through the council, because of families like these I only qualify for a slum flat amongst drug dealers and alcoholics. Thanks a lot, I have to pay £715 a month from my own pocket, but at least I do!

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Anfield70, maybe if you had a job yourself you wouldn't have so much time to stare out of the window at your neighbours and fabricate stories about them? And you should know all about being a benefits cheat, when was the last time you did a days work? Remind me again why it is you are unable to get a job? If you got rid of the farmyard in your back garden and went out to work you might have less time to run up and down the street gossiping like an old woman about people that have better things to do with their time and bullying them with your misinformation.

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    monkey back

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Parasite to the legal system ;-( Remove the mobile phones large TVs beer and ciggies and get back to work.

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    Basin Digger

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • There is NO way all those alterations will cost £6k I'd be surprised if it wasn't triple that! I wonder what the kids will end up like with parents like these?

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    Just my opinion

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Ipswich council get it right, I know of a 78 yr old who lives on his own in a rented house the bathroom is up stair the man can not hardly walk he has asked the council to move him because he as to use a commode that needs emptying twice a day but is being told due to cut backs the council can not afford to do it, this man worked all his life paying taxes and when he needs help he is let down,but not the same for this family milking the system.

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    pandy

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • this story has been put in the paper to wind you all up.what ever you all say it will not change things. try and have [A HAPPY NEW YEAR]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Why is the Ipswichstar putting this as a news article ! It really annoys every reader and just rubs salt into the wounds of the hard working at the start of another working year . This family are a disgrace , just ask anyoen that knows them , you will find no support for them . I know them and there is nothing good to say about them . what if there was 25 of them living in the house ? Would IBC build them a 12 bedroom plus house ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • It is a human right of everyone to have as many children as you wish. It is also a human right to look after them yourself and not expect the taxpayer to pick up the bill.

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Human rights everyone are entitiled too, but not looking after the family you choose to have, is irresponsible, and completely ignorant! If you cant afford these children you simply shouldnt have them, and im sure that if your son is that bad, you would have noticed this, before he was 10 years old, why not give work up before if this the case? I am sorry but as a employed person all my life and having a family that I have looked after (all my life!) I am getting sick to the skin with the council! This should never be allowed!! I cant see how the mrs is disabled, unless its with her legs open and popping 14 kids out! IBCC you need to do something on this and quick before the future generations follow suit. Help the elderley more, like getting them set up in 2 story houses, on the ground floor and help disabled people (genuinely) more. Your help is being wasted on peoples CHOICES and its just not fair!

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    Felixstowe Lady

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Mr Fisk.You need to be more open here.Have you or your family had a criminal record or been in trouble with the Police?do you or your family make your neighbours lives a living hell deliberately or harbor known criminals? This must have been approved after consultation with the planning committee.Why do I get the impression this is the Conservative minority drip feeding information + rabble rousing on a UKIP slant..If the work is the best cheapest solution then so be it and Mr Fisk must do something towards the cost.But I am pig sick of the small town mentality and deliberately targeting this family for cheap news.

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    JC

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • The mother and son looked fine to me when they were doing their shopping, didn't see the round the clock carer with them then. The son plays out on his own, she goes out on her own. They are milking he system, the benefits agency should try to catch them.

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    ipswich girly

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Matthew stott please report the facts not your fiction! At least they don't grass there neighbours to the police and council like a certain family on the estate.There upfront about there benefits unlike the benefit cheat neighbours who keep moaning about the family to take the heat of them.YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

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    anfield70

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • One has to ask questions about our system of social care, when somone who needs "round the clock care" themselves, is the main carer for someone with "severe leaning difficulties". Forget the house, forget the benefits, think of the unfortunate children whose parents are so wrapped up in providing caring duties and expanding their family to worrk about their upbringing.

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • So many unanswered questions; worked all his life at the age of 44, where are the other 2 children and why don't they live with their parents, how disabled is this mother to need full time care while having more children?

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I am classed as disabled, having been diagnosed with MEChronic Fatigue. Perhaps I should sit at home all day living in a nice house getting everything paid for by the council; I have after all "worked my entire life" (I'm approaching 40). Rather than what I actually do which is work a full time job, but have almost no social life due to basically needing to spend the eveningsweekends resting to recover from my work. AND PAYING FOR THESE LAZY SLOBS WITH MY TAXES. If they say they need benefits for a certain standard of living, then fine - one TV for entertainment, 1 mobile phone for emergencies etc. If they are seen out drinkingsmoking, cut the benefits. If they have multiple phones, cut the benefits. If the have multiple TV's, cut the benefits. Give them the bare minimum to survive - if they want more, then make the lazy slobs working for it like the rest of us have to!

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    DaveHedgehog

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I guess anfield70 lives there or drinks there or has kids there!

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Maybe the council will produce the invoices to prove this work will only cost £6,000? How about a second hand caravan or tents for these workshy losers, rather than two houses! It would be investing to see Mr Fisk's ATOS medical assessment as proof of his entitlement for him and his brood to live in 2 council houses. As others have said, how can Mrs Fisk be that badly disabled if she can drop more kids than most Premiership football teams have players, and with such regularity?!

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    england1770

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • @terence manning thank you for confirming the mentality.Take a lap around yourself + do one

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    JC

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • How on earth is she so disabled needing round the clock care and yet pumping out child after child. I am sure there are more deserving people needing help.

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    marlyn

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Hmmm there is certainly a trend here! Shame the council does not listen to public opinion. "Former security guard Mr Fisk defended the decision in the aftermath of the revelation, slamming his neighbours in the Maidenhall area for being “jealous”." For Jealous substitute, pi**ed off seeing their taxes fund these parasites.

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    richie w

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Hahaha unbelievable. Let's just look into this....."worked all his life" but unemployed at 44?? A wife who needs "round the clock care" but happily walks her kids up to school spouting her vulgar mouth off at all and sundry and goes shopping. I wonder if "honest mr Fisk" who is upfront about his benefits actually disclosed how much money he made after appearing on the front of all the papers before?? I doubt it somehow. I've also heard that "poor mr Fisk" has seriously assaulted other neighbours in the area for no reason whatsoever. An absolute disgrace. IBC should Hang their head in shame.

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    dharris540

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • This is an example of one of the reasons the UK is in a mess; people make lifestyle decisions and expect someone else to pay for it. I fancy a nice cottage on the coast ... but do I expect the taxpayers to pay for it? Limit benefits to 2 children and then if people have more and say they cannot care for them I suggest they are taken away and the parents made to work ... a minimum 100 hours per week each ... to earn enough to pay for their care.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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