‘He’s living like a king’: Fury as ‘neglected’ family-of-10 on £44,000-per-year benefits are moved to £425,000 four-bedroom house
- Sube family is moved into £425,000 house in Milton Keynes by council
- Parents Arnold and Jeanne, both 33, given £44,000-a-year in benefits
- They had previously complained of their ‘cramped’ home in Luton
- Neighbours have complained about them not paying £1,200 monthly rent
A family-of-ten who receive an estimated £44,000-a-year on benefits who previously claimed to have been ‘neglected’ have been moved to a £425,000 ‘dream’ house.
Father-of-eight Arnold Sube and wife Jeanne have moved their brood into the home in Milton Keynes after previously complaining about their ‘cramped’ three-bed home in Luton.
They even turned down three moves to bigger homes and were presented with an ultimatum to accept another house or be made homeless by Luton Borough Council.
Arnold Sube and his wife Jeanne have provoked anger from locals over their new home
Father-of-eight Arnold Sube, far right, and wife Jeanne, centre, have moved their family into a four-bed house in Milton Keynes after previously complaining of a ‘cramped’ home in Luton despite earning £44,000-a-year in benefits
They have moved into this £425,000 four-bedroom home, pictured, in Milton Keynes
It has spacious rooms, pictured, as well as a utility room and garage and would usually cost a rent of £1,200-per-month
According to the Sun, they are now living in a detached property with four double bedrooms, a utility room, garage, garden and a driveway that would normally cost £1,200 per month.
HANDOUTS FOR FAMILY
It is not clear exactly what benefits the family claim, but as EU citizens they would be entitled to up to £25,000 a year in handouts while receiving housing benefit.
In their home they have flatscreen televisions, games consoles and a Sky HD box.
They have received hand-outs worth more than £103,000 in the last 12 months, including:
- £44,000 in housing and child benefits, child tax credits and NHS course payments worth £27,000
- £38,400 four-month hotel stay
- £21,000 in room service
The move has angered neighbours who told the paper it was ‘unfair’ the family did not have to pay rent in a ‘lovely estate’.
One neighbour told the Sun: ‘If you have eight kids you should not expect to be bailed out. The father has played the system and won.
‘They are extremely fortunate. This is a lovely estate. Parents are desperate to move here.’
Politicians have also hit out at the move considering the current housing crisis in the UK.
Luton Conservative councillor Michael Garrett described the move as a ‘result’ for the family while Conservative MP David Morris told the Sun: ‘Families up and down Britain could never dream of affording a big house like this.
‘Yet they are having their noses rubbed in that fact by being made to fork out for someone else to live like a king.’
The four-bedroom property has a master room with en suite plus three other doubles
Neighbours have complained that the family are moving into an area that ‘parents are desperate to move into’
Other neighbours accused the family of ‘playing the system and winning’ by netting the large property, pictured
As previously reported by MailOnline, Mr Sube had initially been renting privately after moving from Paris to study mental health nursing but started having his £1,278-per-month rent covered by the local council as soon as he had lived here for the required three-month period.
The couple, both aged 33, were born in Cameron but later moved to France as teenagers moved to Britain from France and have refused to rule out adding to the family – which already consists of wife Jeanne and children Mejane, 16, 13-year-olds Fabian and Analia, Prosper, 10, Dylan, nine, six-year-old twins Sharon and Stacy, and four-month-old Mary.
They moved from Paris to Luton in 2012 after Mr Sube got a place on a mental health nursing course at the University of Bedfordshire.
The NHS funds the annual £9,000 cost of the three-year degree.
The family initially lived in a large five-bedroom semi-detached house on a quiet residential road in Luton worth £220,000.
But they had to move out after the landlord sold up. They were then put up for four months at the Hampton by Hilton hotel in Luton at a cost of £38,400.
The estate the home, pictured, is on has been described as ‘lovely’ by locals
The family has been described as ‘fortunate’ while politicians have claimed the taxpayer is forking out money so ‘someone else can live like a king’
The family formerly lived in this three-bed property in Luton, Bedfordshire, pictured
One of the houses the family turned down was a £250,000 terraced three-storey townhouse in Luton
Cramped: Jeanne Mballe Sube’s family of seven lived in this two-bedroom building, with outdoor shower and toilet in Buea, Cameroon
The council also paid £21,000 for the family’s room service and restaurant bill after Mr Sube refused to pay.
In another former house in Bletchley, the family had a range of luxury possessions including smartphones, a laptop, a 60-inch flatscreen TV and Sky HD box in their front room and a 52-inch TV in their bedroom.
Last month Mr Sube told the Mail the search for the house was not motivated by greed.
He said: ‘I’m not a greedy man, they are trying to say we are greedy but we are not.
‘They just haven’t given us the property we deserve. ‘We are not greedy – we just want a home for the kids.’
He previously worked in a warehouse in France, where he was able to rent a home. ‘I regretted leaving France after moving in this property, even my kids did,’ he added.