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Mum-of-11 Heather Frost in £60,000 benefits probe after TV appearance

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 25, 2013

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE: Heather Frost with her 11 children

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE: Heather Frost with her 11 children

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MUM-OF-11 Heather Frost could have her £60,000 per year benefits investigated after she received a four-figure fee for a recent TV appearance.

The 37-year-old receives £900-per-week in benefits for herself and eight of her children.

Ms Frost, who has never worked, is set to be investigated after receiving several thousands of pounds for appearing on the Channel 5 show On Benefits and Proud.

The TV station would not comment about the payment but it is said to be worth up to £6,000.

Richard Horton, Tewkesbury Borough Council's revenues and benefits group manager, said: "In all cases if we believe there are grounds for an investigation then we are duty bound to carry one out."

He said that he could not discuss Ms Frost's benefits.

Robert Oxley, campaign director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Life on welfare shouldn't be an alternative to finding genuine work.

"Claimants have a duty to declare if their circumstances change as benefits are a safety net, not an alternative form of income.

"Taxpayers footing the bill will take a dim view of someone still claiming every penny they can while sitting on a handsome cheque for thousands."

When asked about her benefits bonanza, Ms Frost said: "Yes people don't agree with the benefits system but it is put there to help people who can't go to work."

The investigation comes as Severn Vale Housing make £2,000 of improvements on her Innsworth Lane home.

She had been due to move into a £500,000 new build in Tewkesbury in August, but an 11th hour U-turn by the housing provider decided the home was not suitable.

Instead Ms Frost and her large brood will remain at her current property, which is made up of two houses that have been knocked together.

Claudia Cobban, housing manager at Severn Vale Housing, said: "We are planning to carry out minimal changes to the Frost's current home to make it more suitable for the family's needs.

"The changes will improve the connection been the two properties, providing a more permanent solution for the family."

Ms Frost was recently investigated by police under caution when it was suggested that she had been buying stolen goods on the doorstep. That investigation is still ongoing, police have said.

Ms Frost declined to comment when contacted by the Echo.

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  • PhyllisBHines  |  December 15 2013, 2:56AM

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  • WereFox  |  December 14 2013, 2:24PM

    FINALLY! She needs to be put on the street to get a job herself so she can stop being such a parasite on society. ""Ms Frost said: "Yes people don't agree with the benefits system but it is put there to help people who can't go to work.""" I agree! so why don't you have a job? Because guess what! you cant work!

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  • bonzaharris1  |  October 25 2013, 8:31PM

    Not so clever now is she, what with all that egg on her face !!

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  • Justica  |  October 25 2013, 7:08PM

    Heather should employ an accountant to take care or her affairs. Now she is in the higher income bracket, some tax will need to be paid. A solicitor would be helpful too, to take care of the question of illicit goods from her associates.

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  • batesbee  |  October 25 2013, 3:29PM

    the £500 cap doesnt apply to her as she has a disabled child

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  • Wazzamatter  |  October 25 2013, 3:06PM

    £60,000 a year? How come she still gets £1153 a week? Surely the £500 a week benefit limit including child benefit must apply to her. That means her benefits must be £653 a week less compared to what she was getting before July this year, leaving her with a total of £26,000 a year.

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  • dibblebibble  |  October 25 2013, 1:52PM

    Anyone want any washing powder or coffee?

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  • Tmy68  |  October 25 2013, 11:34AM

    All of this money should go directly to TBC to, in some small way, repay the hundreds of thousands this family has taken from the taxpayer over the years.

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  • Matt1006  |  October 25 2013, 9:00AM

    Maybe one of her brood should take the shovel off her, as that hole she's digging for herself is getting deeper and deeper. Hope TBC investigate her fully and properly, and if they find cause reduce / remove her benefits accordingly. The tax payer has subsidized this leech more than enough already.

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  • Observant  |  October 25 2013, 8:45AM

    Receiving stolen goods is a crime - she admitted it on TV and was filmed taking in stolen items Not a caution - lock her up and let the absent father pay for them all at least in prison she won't have another parasite

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