‘Homeless’ couple living in car hit out at criticism for spending cash on petrol

A homeless couple who say they have spent the last six weeks living out of their car have hit back after being told they are spending their money on the wrong items.

Jade Wass and Jud Day say they have been “living in their car" after returning to Redcar, Teesside, from Birmingham, but have been left without a toilet, shower and basic necessities, according to a report from TeessideLive.

They left their council house in the Midlands city in the belief that there would be a property available for them back up north.

Theparents, whose children live with their grandparents, say they are “grateful” for the public's generosity, including donating blankets and money for food.

However, they have also been questioned about the money they have continued to spend on petrol.

Some have suggested they pay for accommodation or a bed & breakfast instead, using the money from selling their Ford Focus.

Jade, 26, said: “People are saying to us why don’t you just get a B&B but at the end of the day B&B’s are really expensive.

“What we get would probably pay for two weeks in a B&B and then what are we going to do for the other two weeks when the money runs out?

“People are saying all that money you’re spending on petrol, why don’t you just get rid of your car and get a house?!

“But imagine if we got rid of the car and couldn’t get a house – then we’d hit more rock bottom.”

Jud, 33, revealed that the couple have been washing themselves in a supermarket toilet, and expressed his concerns over coronavirus.

Sitting in his motor, he said: “If we were to catch corona how are we meant to isolate?

“Sometimes we’ve locked ourselves in the disabled toilet in Morrisons, we’ve had to wash our privates and wash our hands in the sink.

“But other people then have to go and use the toilets – it’s a bit disgusting."

Each night, the pair park their Ford Focus on the seafront at Redcar and recline their seats back to make a bed for the evening.

When they wake up in the morning, they begin ringing landlords to find a new property.

Jade said: “We’re constantly ringing around looking for a house, or we’ll just sit here for the day and sit and look at the sea.

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"There’s nothing else to do."

The couple said that they recently slept for an entire 24 hours, because they were "just that sick and tired of everything.”

Birmingham Council said they had made a referral to Middlesbrough Council, but could not confirm to TeessideLive if accommodation is still available for them in the city.

Middlesbrough Council declined to comment to the site. The Daily Star has contacted the council for comment.

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