Family stranded in France with no money to care for sick son after deportation ban


A family with a sick young son says they have been left stranded in France due to the government’s ban on evictions due to the coronavirus. Emma Burton and her family have had to stay with her parents in France because they have a tenant in their house who they say refuses to move – although they haven’t paid rent since December.

Emma and her husband Russell, both 41, and their two children, Thomas and Poppy, cannot return home as the government extended the ban on evictions until September 20, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The family initially left their Merseyside home in early 2019 to work in Qatar.

They rented the property out through a rental agency in May of last year.

Thomas has a rare disease that requires urgent treatment

The move to Qatar did not go as planned so they decided to return to the UK as their four year old son Thomas suffers from a rare metabolic disorder and needs medication and a special diet. .

However, in December 2019, they claim that their tenants stopped paying rent and refused to leave the family home to allow them to return.

The situation was further complicated by the fact that the government banned evictions during the pandemic.

Emma said: “[The eviction ban] is now until September 20, and then there is also a backlog with the courts, so we don’t know when that will actually go to court so we can apply for a possession order to get them out of there.

The family is desperate to return home (file image)

As the family is not of French nationality, it cannot access the health system in France for medicines and food supplements, without which Emma says Thomas “will suffer from irreversible brain damage”.

She said: “We can’t go into our house, but since the tenant doesn’t pay rent, we can’t afford a mortgage and rent another property.

“When we arrived from Qatar, a dietitian kindly gave him enough food and medicine to keep him alive until the end of September, and by then we expected everything to be resolved and that we are back in the UK and we could re-register it. doctors and Alder Hey.

“But because we don’t have an address, the GP can’t refer him to Alder Hey.

“Alder Hey has been fantastic as always and they have agreed to have his blood work done, but that means we can’t be prescribed until he is referred properly.

“So by the end of September, we will no longer have his medicine and his food.”

As the couple currently cannot return to the UK and have no money, they fear that they will soon be unable to pay the mortgage on their house or return to the UK so that their son can. have access to medication.

The government announced the four-week extension of the deportation ban on August 21, meaning that in total no legal deportations will have taken place for six months.

ECHO has contacted the family’s rental agent, but they were unable to provide a response at the time of posting.


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