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For American readers £95,000 is approximately $145,800 at this date. £1,000 is $1,535.

£95,000-a-year benefits family of 12 re-homed in a £1,000-a-week house… ‘after they trashed the last one’

Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail [UK]
5th September 2010

A jobless couple rake in £95,000 in state benefits a year – and even have breakfast delivered to the door each morning, courtesy of the taxpayer.

The money – five times the starting salary of a teacher – goes to unemployed Pete and Sam Smith and their ten children, who live in a rentfree four-bedroom house.

Last night critics said it was disgraceful that the family pocketed huge amounts of taxpayers’ money and called for urgent reform to the benefits system.

Give us more: Father Pete Smith with his wife Sam and their ten children

The Smiths were moved last month by the local authority from a house in Bath, which the landlord accused them of wrecking, to the large house in the Bristol suburb of Kingswood.

But Mrs Smith, 36, complained that the house was too small, the breakfast portions too stingy and said she could afford to buy her brood only one Nintendo Wii games console between them.

She claims she is also forced to pay £100 a week to keep her five cats in a cattery.

‘It’s very cramped here,’ she told the News of the World. ‘We’ve been told we might not be given a new house for another nine months, which is ridiculous.

‘The breakfast supplied by the council isn’t like proper hot food. It’s usually eggs, beans, tinned tomatoes and cereal, which isn’t really enough for us all and we have to heat it up ourselves.’

This outrageous story continues at the Daily Mail

Abdullah Khateed, landlord of the previous home in Weston, Bath where Sam Smith and her partner Peter lived with their ten children

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