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Recently bereaved Holbeach widow now homeless

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A grieving widow is desperately looking for help for her family after being kicked out of her home following a run of ‘bad luck’.

Ineta Savickaite (36) was evicted from her house in Holbeach on Tuesday - along with her three children and two pet cats.

Ineta says she is at ‘breaking point’ after her husband Arunas Valantiejus died in bed a few weeks ago - with an inquest now needed to determine why a 34-year-old with no health issues unexpectedly passed away.

Ineta Savickaite is looking for help after she and her family were evicted this week. (56608895)
Ineta Savickaite is looking for help after she and her family were evicted this week. (56608895)

The mum - who has twin 10-year-old daughters and a 13-year-old son - has a bowel issue and cannot work, making it impossible to afford a rental deposit without her husband’s income.

She was in dispute with her landlord who claimed she was £325 in arrears, an assertion she denies.

Ineta’s case was recently heard at Boston County Court, but she says she was suffering from Covid and unable to defend herself.

She says her family has been without heating or water in the property in recent weeks - but feels the landlord wanted to sell it and turfed them out to do so.

She said: “It’s bad luck. Everything I have tried is not going further. I am trying to be strong for the children.”

Of her husband’s death, she said: “It was unexpected. He didn’t have health issues, he just went to sleep.”

She added: “I can’t get to sleep, I just see him how I found him. I’m at breaking point.”

Ineta has been in the country since 2004 and has never claimed benefits - and says she is just asking for a lifeline now she’s reached crisis point.

She said: “It’s not like I have a new car or anything. I see some people abuse the system and nobody cares. I feel like social services are saying you need to lose all your dignity before you get any help.”

Although Ineta has family in the area, their accommodation is unsuitable for the family, including the cats.

She said: “The cats are part of our family. They help me because I am suffering from depression.

“I can’t lose any more family members.”

South Holland District Council says it has an ‘open case’ with its housing options team and that a caseworker is providing assistance to Ineta to ‘help find a solution as quickly as possible’ to her situation.

At time of press yesterday, the matter had not been resolved, leaving Ineta in limbo.

We also signposted her to Citizens Advice in a bid to get her help.

A district council spokesman said: “Anyone who needs advice around their housing circumstances or who are facing homelessness can self-refer on the council’s website at www.sholland.gov.uk/housingoptions to receive support and help.

Those with nowhere to stay or at imminent risk of violence in their homes should call 01775 761161 or the free phone number 0808 100 0210 inside office hours. Outside of office hours please call 01522 782235.”

l If anyone can offer help to the family, we are happy to pass their details on.

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