Fury over taxpayer-funded Brit couple's brood of 12

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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London, Aug 16 (ANI): They have 11 children and one more in the queue, but Gary Bateman and Joanne Sheppard from UK, are living life as lavishly as possible.

The jobless couple have even been given a free five-bedroom house to raise their brood in.

The 1,200 pounds dollars-a-month rent on their imposing home comes out of more than 30,000 pounds a year they claim from the State.

"It's disgraceful that this family is being given more than taxpayers earn. Our benefits system needs real reform," The Sun quoted Fiona McEvoy, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, as saying.

But Bateman said, "People should mind their own business. We're not doing anyone any harm.

"It's a nice place. We outgrew the last house. It was a bit of a nightmare being on top of each other."

The couple is no more apologetic or regretful about recurring pregnancies either.

"It was an accident. Something happened that wasn't supposed to. We've enough for a football team," said Bateman.

The two can claim 20.30 pounds a week for the oldest child, 13.40 pounds for others up to the age of 18 and are also eligible for a Guardian's Allowance of 14.30 pounds a week per child.

Bateman, who has also fathered children with other women, admits he could not remember when he last had a job.

Joanne first got pregnant at 17 and has not worked since. (ANI)

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