A FAMILY who blew a £250,000 inheritance on cars, motorbikes and surgery are angry they were turned down for a council house.
The application from Keith Caradeuc and his wife Tania for social housing was rejected after officials discovered the six-figure inheritance.
Former delivery driver Keith, 53, split the bulk of his father’s estate with his brother last June after earlier inheriting cash. He splashed out on three cars and the family moved from their council house to a privately-rented property.
Tania, 42, had shed 10st for medical reasons after having a gastric sleeve fitted. She had already had a tummy tuck but had further surgery on her arms, bringing the total cost of her operations to £29,000.
But now the couple, from St Peter Port, Guernsey, say they cannot pay the rent and could be homeless at the end of the month.
Tania said: ‘In hindsight the money should have lasted longer. I was excited when I found out because I came from a not very well-off family. It was very overwhelming for both of us. But it’s ruined everything, in a way it was the worst thing that could have happened.’
She was shocked to find they had spent the cash. She said: ‘I said “what do you mean all the money’s gone, it can’t be?” I worry about what we are going to do every day.’
The couple, who have two children, say they cannot work due to mental or physical disabilities. They get disability and carers allowance for their daughter who has a rare chromosome deficiency.
Their application for a council house was refused because of ‘depletion of capital’. Guernsey’s employment and social security department said: ‘When social housing tenants come into substantial sums of money, typically through an inheritance, they are required to leave.’