£38k a year benefits parents take their nine children on £5,000 holiday to Menorca


£38k a year benefits parents take their nine children on £5,000 holiday
Big family: Cheryl and Rob Prudham have nine children and are expecting twins (Picture: SWNS)

A couple earning £38,000 a year in state handouts have taken their nine children on a £5,000 two-week holiday.

Cheryl Prudham, 32, and husband Rob, 29, took their children out of school to go the Spanish island of Menorca and say they would consider buying a villa there.

The family, from Gravesend, Kent, flew out on Friday and are on an all-inclusive deal at the Hotel Victoria Playa.

Mr and Mrs Prudham work 20 hours a week each, which, added to their yearly benefits of £38,000 – most of which comes from child benefits – takes their annual income to £52,722 – £18,000 more than the average UK household.

And the 11-strong clan is about to gain two more members, as Mrs Prudham is pregnant with twins.

Cheryl Prudham her husband Robert and their nine children at their home in Sittingbourne, Kent. See MASONS story MNTWINS; The couple, who live on benefits, have announced they are pregnant again with twins. According to the Sun the couple receive £38,000 a year in state handouts and recently did a house swap to move to a 5 bedroom council house.
The family could be fined for taking their children out of school during term time (Picture: SWNS)

The couple told the MailOnline that they are enjoying spending time with their children.

‘The kids deserved a holiday,’ said Mrs Prudham.

‘We’ll be taking them again next year.’

When asked by The Sun how she could justify a fortnight abroad, Mrs Prudham said:

‘We can’t even enjoy a family holiday.’

But TaxPayers’ Alliance spokesman Andy Silvester didn’t think the public would approve of the family’s fourteen day-trip.

‘Taxpayers won’t be convinced that chipping in for a sunny Spanish holiday is the best way for their money to be used,’ he said.

But Mrs Prudham was defiant.

‘I do a job that most people couldn’t do. I care for the elderly every single day,’ she said.

‘I don’t give a s*** if people are on my side or not. I don’t care,’ she added.

The pair could be fined more than £800 for taking their children out of school during term time.

23 May 2014 | 3:25 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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