A GRAN has pleaded with authorities for a bigger council house after being forced to sleep in the living room with her 14-year-old grandson.
Susan Cotter, 57, has cared for her four grandchildren Jessica, Taylor, Kyle and Millie since her daughter Charlene died earlier this year after developing a drug problem.
She sleeps on a single bed in her living room in Drumchapel, Glasgow, with her 14-year-old grandson on the floor, and his 17, 15 and eight-year-old sisters sharing the home's two small bedrooms.
Susan has appealed to housing officials, her MP and Glasgow City Council for help.
But the grandmother-of-four says she is "running out of hope" as she tries to raise her family in a tiny house.
Susan told Glasgow Live: "I haven’t been able to buy anything for Christmas for the last couple years.
"Apart from anything else, there’s just no space in this house. It’s really getting to me.
“We have just been left to cope on our own. Where is the care for vulnerable children?
"I’ve got a lot of physical problems as well. I am under the shielding category and the children have missed so much school time and had no help with catching up. I’ve wondered how long I can keep my spirits up.
"The children have a social worker, but it doesn’t seem to help, it’s only sympathy."
I’m angry and I’m frustrated
She added: "I need practical help. It just goes on and on. I’m angry and I’m frustrated.”
Susan's local councillor Malcolm Balfour told Glasgow Live he was horrified to hear she hadn't been offered any help.
He has met with Susan, but says he is outraged at the lack of support she has received so far.
The councillor said he had spoken with Susan’s landlord, Drumchapel Housing Co-operative, and was stunned to hear they were unable to help as their biggest properties only have three bedrooms.
Mr Balfour said: “Susan is doing a brilliant job raising the children in really difficult circumstances, but it hasn't been easy for any of them.
I need practical help. It just goes on and on. I’m angry and I’m frustrated
"It would be so easy for them to fall into the same trap as their mum and they're working really hard to stop that from happening.
"One of the girls is studying for her Highers, she wants to go to university to train to be a midwife, she's a clever and ambitious girl with dreams.
"It was suggested that she get a place of her own, can you imagine what that would do to that girl, she'd never get the chance to fulfil that dream.
"This family has been through enough, they need practical support, not kind words."
Susan said she has had "no support" for her or the children, adding: "All I get is sympathy but nothing actually done about it.”
The Sun Online has contacted Glasgow City Council and Drumchapel Housing Co-operative for comment.
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