Mum-of-11 Heather Frost featured on television programme on benefits
"THERE is no law out there to say how many kids you can have and how many you can't have."
Those were the words of Churchdown mum-of-11 Heather Frost who starred in Channel 5's On Benefits and Proud programme on Monday.
The documentary featured a number of families from across the country who live on benefits but Heather, who rakes in around £60,000 a year from the state, took centre stage.
Cameras gave a rare insight into life in Heather's hectic home, with children of all ages buzzing around cramped rooms and through into the garden.
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Heather, who had her first child aged 14, spoke openly and candidly to the interviewers about her life on benefits.
She said: "People don't agree with the benefit system, but the benefit system is there for people who can't go out and work.
"Yes, it is my choice to have a large family, but there is no law out there to say how many kids you can have and how many you can't have.
"There are people out there with more kids than me, that's my argument. You still have to budget, and by the end of the week you are skint – we can't take the kids to Spain on holiday."
Before showing off her tattooed arm, on which she has inked each child's name, she explained the rigours of being front page news in recent months.
"Fred West wouldn't have as much press as what I have got," she said.
"The amount of hate and name calling we got, if someone had depression they would have jumped off a cliff and killed themselves." The show followed the jobless 37-year-old's well-documented quest to move into a custom-built £500,000 six-bedroom mansion on a housing estate in Tewkesbury. However, the move never materialised after housing provider Severn Vale said the house didn't meet her needs.
"Every child needs a roof over their heads," she added.
"It wasn't our choice for the council to build a new house, no one had a gun to their heads."
The show also screened scenes of one of her children's birthday and showed Heather carrying a cake into a room filled with her 11 children.
"Some were planned, some weren't. I don't believe in abortions," she said. "If you would have told me 20 years ago I was going to have 11 kids, I would have said 'no'."