Mum forced to feed children pasta and chips for 6 weeks after oven breaks


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

Sophie Murphy has been struggling to feed her family since Christmas
Sophie Murphy has been struggling 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 as they waited for the council to fix the dodgy wiring in their oven.

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

The 31-year-old retail worker, whose children are aged four and 12, said the family ‘can’t afford’ to keep buying takeaways amid 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 Kings Norton home on Christmas Eve, but after realizing it was a bigger job than expected as the wiring was faulty, it was left broken and with the electrics exposed.

Sophie Murphy in her kitchen
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The dodgy wiring
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Sophie told Birmingham Live: “I’ve had to borrow a microwave because I didn’t own one. I had to buy a two hob that you have for camping to boil stuff.

“The first week we had to have help from neighbors and someone lent me their microwave, I’ve had to borrow somebody’s Air Fryer to do the chips.

“Basically we’ve just been doing chips, chicken nuggets, pasta – and that’s all you can really cook without an oven.”

On weekends, she has to try to cook with no oven for five children, as her husband’s three other kids join them for the two days.

“I am so stressed and upset with the situation.

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

“I have two children and my husband has three who stop on the weekend, so I’m trying to cook for seven people.

“We’ve been paying for takeaways and things like that, but I told the council ‘there’s only so many takeaways we can buy’.

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

The council has not replaced the oven
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“The (the council) said they would send an email to get someone out to do the job. They said: ‘Someone will contact you within 24 hours and they never do.’

“Birmingham City Council said they were coming out this Tuesday but just to have a look first.”

The council apologized for the problems and vowed to ensure it was ‘replaced as soon as possible’.

A spokesman 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 it is replaced as soon as possible.”

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