Staffordshire County Council is shelling out on accommodation for the Syrian-born mum and dad and their three UK-born children to stay at a Holiday Inn.
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A family-of-five locked in an immigration row with the Home Office have been put up in a hotel costing £700 a week for one room, it’s been revealed.
Staffordshire County Council is shelling out £700-a-week on accommodation for the Syrian-born mum and dad and their three UK-born children to stay at a Holiday Inn.
The authority is also paying out a weekly fee to cover food costs, at the expense of taxpayers.
The family are finally set to be moved out of the Stoke hotel after persuading the council to let them live in a privately-rented house.
The family moved into the three-star hotel in late September and are sleeping in two double beds. Their room also has a slow cooker, fridge, table and a chest of drawers.
The dad said: “We were told from the beginning that the hotel was a temporary measure and we are surprised by how long we have been here. I told the council that it is paying lots of money to keep us in the hotel and we are not happy about that.”
Earlier this year, the family found a suitable house available for rent at £1,025-a-month – only for the council to stop them moving there.