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'A nightmare' Cash-strapped couple forced to feed kids ready meals as cost of living hits

Kevin and Nicola Gomersall live in Whinmoor, West Yorkshire with their five kids aged three, 10, 13, 15 and 17. They were spotted by Leeds Live selling their possessions at Wetherby Car Boot Sale. The father, 40, who is a construction worker, spoke out about the difficulties he and his wife are facing in order to get by.

He told Leeds Live: “It’s a bit of a nightmare. We don’t even get to go out anymore. We basically have to sit in because we have no more money to pay.

“When you’re living underneath each other, it causes a lot of arguments. We get angry. We need our space.”

Energy bills for the couple, who have to provide computers and access to the internet for their kids, have risen by £75, which the mum says is a “big jump”.

The 39-year-old Nicola, who works as a cleaner, said that the family is being forced to make impossible decisions regarding their everyday life.

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He’s on the waiting list for the school bus, which she fumes is still about £80 a month.

Kevin said: “When we rang up for help from the Government, we got told to change our kid’s school to make it easier for us because it’s costing too much.”

Nicola said: “I don’t want him to go to schools near us, because they’re not very nice schools.”



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