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Family Of 12 Gets £95,000 A Year In Benefits - And Still 'Wrecked' Their £1000 A Week House

06/09/2010 10:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

A family of 12 which receives around £95,000 a year in benefits have come under fire from a taxpayers' rights organisation, which has labelled the situation 'a disgrace'.

The money goes to unemployed couple Pete and Sam Smith and their 10 children, who live in a four-bedroom house which is funded by the local authority.

The couple has not worked since Mr Smith, 40, resigned from the army in 2001 to care for his wife, who has curvature of the spine, and their children.

According to the Daily Mail, Mrs Smith receives up to £140 per week in child benefits for each of her 10 children, who are aged from four months to 14 years.

The family also gets disability living allowance, carer's allowance, tax credits and income support. The total, with child benefits, is £44,954, and the family also receives a £950-a-week bed and breakfast deal which comes to nearly £50,000.

The Smith family was recently moved by the local authority in Bath to a new house in Bristol. The landlord of their previous house claimed they were moved because they had 'wrecked' the house and made it inhabitable.

Emma Boon of the Taxpayer's Alliance said: 'It cannot be right that there are so many cases where couples are getting a lot more than the average working family.'

What do you think? Tired of hearing of stories of people on huge sounding benefits? Or is this what a civilised society does - support others?

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