I have taken this from an artcle printed in the Daily Express by John Chapman.
Peter and Sam Smith with their 10 children: They rake in almost £95,000 a year in benefits
Monday September 6,2010
By John Chapman A FAMILY of scroungers raking in almost £95,000 a year in benefits caused outrage last night after trashing one home and then getting a new four-bedroom house at taxpayers’ expense.
Peter and Sam Smith have been given the £960 a week property in Bristol to house their 10 children
The family were kicked out of their previous home in Bath after a wrecking spree caused £20,000 damage and left it unfit for habitation.
Children’s mattresses and walls were stained with human and animal excrement and the floors were littered with rat droppings and mould. Instead of being punished, the jobless couple have been given the four-bedroom house.
The case highlights a shambolic welfare system that pays the Smiths £44,506 a year in benefits and £960 a week rent. The housing payment, incredibly, includes having breakfast delivered to their door each day.
Yet far from being grateful, Mrs Smith, 36, who has not worked in a decade, complains her home is not large enough and her family is not given enough financial help. The family’s total annual handout from taxpayers is £94,426 including the rent and £140 a week child benefits, £120 a week disability living allowance, £53.90 a week carer’s allowance for 40-year-old Mr Smith, £527 a week in tax credits, and £30 every fortnight for income support.
Mrs Smith also whinged that while the family has food for breakfast delivered to the door, they still have to prepare the morning meal.
She said: “It’s very cramped in the new house. We have four bedrooms with bunk beds for the kids and that’s it. We’ve tried housing associations and they turn their noses up at us because we have so many kids, which isn’t fair.
“We are sitting here waiting while they find somewhere else for us. The benefits aren’t much. By the time we have to pay for food and clothes and electricity we don’t have much left. It’s tough because we don’t even have a TV here. We have no aerial and the kids only have one Nintendo Wii between them.”
A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said yesterday: “This family of scroungers doesn’t deserve to get taxpayers’ money. It’s disgraceful they they’re being given a new home after they left their last one unfit to live in. This case is another example of how urgently the benefit system needs to be reformed.
“It cannot be right that there are so many cases where couples are getting absurd amounts in benefits – a lot more than the average salary. We need to overhaul the welfare system so that we improve incentives to work and help the poorest, not encourage families like this to waste taxpayers’ money.”
The family has lived in up to nine houses since Mr Smith quit the Army in 2001 to care for his wife after she was registered disabled with a bad back.
Since then, neither have had jobs and Mrs Smith has given birth to seven of their 10 children, pocketing tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash. They were moved into the new home in Kingswood, Bristol, three weeks ago.
Social services visited their Bath home in December 2009 and January and March this year after receiving reports that they were living in filth and squalor. When officers investigated, they were stunned to be confronted by filthy mattresses and human and animal excrement covering the floor and walls.
The landlord of the property, Abdullah Khateeb, who admitted he had not visited the house in years, was ordered to clean up. He immediately evicted the family, dubbing them “parasites”, and has since had to spend about £25,000 on renovating the house to make it fit to live in.
Mr Khateeb, 60, from Bath, said: “When they moved in they had five children. By the time they left four years later it had doubled to 10 – and they wanted more. The place was disgusting.
“It’s a miracle the youngsters aren’t ill, the house was so dirty. It’s not fair on the children, they don’t deserve to live like this. I’ve never seen anything like it. It made me want to be sick. The council later told me the family were known to them.”
“The benefits system is to blame. This family are on huge benefits and move from one place to the next.” The family’s current Bristol home is less than a mile from another infamous family – the 12-strong Batemans who hit the headlines last month after complaining they needed a bigger house.
Mr Smith believes his situation mirrors that of the Batemans and even argues that families like his are victims. He said: “Just because we have a big family we are not offered housing big enough for our children. It’s not fair. The amount we are given isn’t that much and I’m constantly having to rob Peter to pay Paul.”
Bath and North East Somerset Council said it had a legal duty to rehouse the homeless children.
It said the £960-a-week bed-and-breakfast deal was a “temporary” arrangement. A spokesman said: “Due to the size of this family there are very limited options.”
Yet they say because "I can manage" I am less disabled. How does that work. I have been told I am greedy or I am lazy because I am complaining about my benefits being cut. Yet the same people are more accepting of families like this.
I wont have a family because I am not able to work and its not fair for the govenment and funementally the tax payer to have to pay.