Mum forced to feed her kids pasta and fries for 6 weeks after oven breaks

Sophie Murphy claims her husband and two children were making do with a borrowed microwave, AirFryer and camping hob after their oven broke down before Christmas

Sophie Murphy has struggled to feed her family since Christmas

A mum has spoken out after her family was forced to live on chips, chicken nuggets and pasta for six weeks while they waited for the council to fix dodgy wiring to their oven.

Sophie Murphy claims her husband and their two children were making do with a borrowed microwave, AirFryer and a camping hob after their oven broke down before Christmas.

The 31-year-old vendor, whose children are aged 4 and 12, said the family “cannot afford” to continue buying takeaway food during the six-week wait.

She said the cooker stopped working after a fuse blew on Monday, December 20.

A Birmingham City Council worker came to their home in Kings Norton on Christmas Eve but after realizing it was a bigger job than expected as the wiring was faulty he was left broken and the electrics exposed .







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sophie said birmingham live “I had to borrow a microwave because I didn’t own one. I had to buy a two-burner hob that you have for camping to boil stuff.

“The first week we had to have some help from neighbors and someone lent me their microwave, I had to borrow someone’s Air Fryer to make the fries.

“Basically, we were just making fries, chicken nuggets, pasta – and that’s all you can really cook without an oven.”

On weekends, she has to try to cook without an oven for five children, because her husband’s three other children are joining them for the two days.

“I’m so stressed and upset about the situation.

“I can’t afford an electrician myself and have struggled to feed my children for five weeks,” said Sophie, whose husband also works in retail.

“I have two children and my husband has three who take weekends off, so I try to cook for seven people.

“We paid for takeaways and things like that, but I told the council ‘there’s only a limited amount of takeaways we can buy’.

“We don’t get a lot of money from work, obviously we’re on our own, so we can’t afford to keep having takeaways.”







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“The (council) said they would send an email asking for someone to do the job. They said, ‘Someone will get back to you within 24 hours and they never do.’

“Birmingham City Council said they are going out this Tuesday, but just to have a look first.”

The board apologized for the problems and pledged to ensure he was ‘replaced as soon as possible’.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “We are sorry for the problems caused by the failure to repair the tenants’ broken cooker.

“A housing officer will ensure that he is replaced as soon as possible.”

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