Mum-of-three forced to travel 80 miles a day – just to take her children to school


A mum who claims she was assaulted by her ex-partner says her life has become a ‘nightmare’ after social services moved her to a women’s refuge in a different county.

The woman, who the MEN has chosen not to name, says she is forced to travel 80 miles a day, five days a week, to take her three young children to school in Greater Manchester.

She has told the Manchester Evening News that she was moved to the refuge in Cheshire West by Trafford Social Services, after her former boyfriend was bailed from custody pending a trial.

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He has previously pleaded not guilty to offenses of criminal damage and assault by beating at Manchester Magistrates Court.

After her ex-partner was granted bail to an address less than a mile away from the alleged victim’s house, she was contacted by Trafford Council who informed her she had to leave, she says.

The mum says she is now paying £120 a week on petrol to take her children to school in the Greater Manchester area – and has received no financial support.

She claims the assault happened on New Year’s Eve when her ex-partner turned up to her house in Trafford.

He is also charged with criminal damage after the woman alleged he damaged her car window and house window – costing £2,500.

Speaking to the MEN, she said: “He was arrested, remanded and appeared at court where he pleaded not guilty and was given bail.

“The police didn’t even tell me he was released. Nobody even rang me to tell me that he’d been danced a mile away from my house.

“Then social services got the report from the police so I had to leave.”

The woman said she was placed in a hotel before being moved to refuges in Warrington and Staffordshire.

She is now living at a women’s refuge in Cheshire until the outcome of the trial, which is due to take place at Manchester Magistrates Court in April.

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“I am 40 miles away from my kids’ school and I have to travel to Manchester and back every day, five days a week,” she said.

“Social services aren’t helping me financially. They have just left me to fend for myself.

“I am happy that I’ve been given a refuge but it’s just too far.”

The woman, who receives Universal Credit, says the cost of travel is unsustainable as she still needs to pay for rent and other bills.

She is left with around £100 to live after forking out £480 a month on travel.

“Nobody is helping me,” she said.

A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: “Trafford Council is committed to continuing to work closely with the family in question at such a difficult time and have been in touch with them to ensure that the children’s educational needs are prioritized during this period.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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