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Mum-of-11 Heather Frost might not move to her Tewkesbury 'mansion' after public outcry

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

criticised:   Heather Frost with Page, 11, Tilly, three and Daisy, five.

Heather Frost with Page, Tilly, and Daisy may not move into her 'mansion' after a public outcry

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MUM-OF-11 Heather Frost says she might not move into her 'mansion' after a public outcry.

The jobless Churchdown mum is having a six-bedroom eco-home built for her in Tewkesbury using taxpayer funds.

The home, valued at £400,000, has sparked outrage worldwide after The Citizen revealed the news.

Yesterday, Heather said she would be 'lying low' after thousands of people criticised her.

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But just hours later she appeared on national TV on ITV's Daybreak to reveal she is in two minds about taking the house after all.

She said: "I am 50/50 as to whether I am going to take it. Everyone knows where it is and I don't want my kids to be picked on."

Her daughter Angel, 16, also appeared on the breakfast show to reveal it is her who pays the £200-a-month bill for the horse that they own – and said that her mum doesn't use a penny of her benefits.

Heather is scheduled to move into her house in July after Severn Vale Housing have finished building it.

They bought the land for £210,000 from Tewkesbury Borough Council who agreed to help Heather make the move in 2007.

But the house has been specially designed so that it can be split into two three-bedroom houses if Heather decides she doesn't want to live there.

Verna Green, director of community at the council, said: "It is Mrs Frost's decision as to whether to apply for the property, however it is a decision that must be taken very seriously because social housing properties that can accommodate large families are extremely rare.

"We will meet with Mrs Frost in the near future to ensure she is fully aware of her options."

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  • Bonkim2003  |  March 05 2013, 12:43AM

    socialista - dangerous to judge history in today's light. Slavery was widespread in the Arab-lands and Africa - in fact all through the middle-ages - the colonial ventures latched up on that trade as they had ships, organisation, and demand in the new colonies. Arab middlemen, and local Chiefs did very well, thank you. So stop guffing about a subject you understand very little. World history is of colonisation, migration, wars, and revolutions - land and material wealth have been taken, given or lost - pity they did not have the United Nations - not that it would have done much good - same as it is today. All the social equality/human rights/democracy, etc, etc, which you imagine to be the epitome of human civilisation is make-believe invented in the last few decades after WW2. Deep inside man is a competitive animal - and the worst oppressors/exploiters today as they were yesterday - their own people - do a little research and you will see that - in every African, and Asian countries that were part of the colonial empires - and lastly but not the least, the free nation states living in harmony with each other that you assume is the perfect model - never existed - most of the free nation states in the UN today were the inventions of the 19th, and 20th century - often drawn up arbitrarily by the colonial powers that tired of the effort. Most of the peoples of the world lived in this or that Empire throughout history - Very silly blaming Cameron'e or any other ancestors for todays ills and injustices. It was not only black Africans that were sent as slaves to the colonies - many from Britain/Europe went as indentured servants or transported for petty crimes to live in slavery in the colonies - eventually freed and to build today's diverse societies in all parts of the world.

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  • magnum-v8  |  February 28 2013, 7:26PM

    Would the papers have made such a fuss if she was an eastern european family claiming hundreds of pounds a week rent for living in London.At least she was born here! 11 potential taxpayers,who may contribute something in time to our system,currently being drained by economic migrants,taking our jobs,houses,NHS places,school places and so on!not only that,many send the money back to their homeland!! could also be 11 potential carers for all you moaning old gits that have nothing better to do! For all of you who think that she should not have these children if she cannot afford to bring them up,someone needs to tell these women in all of the third world countries who have no hope of ever being afford to bring up a child,the same thing! Doesnt stop the government and endless charities begging for money on a daily basis with umpteen tv campaigns etc though does it. REALLY?? Its only 2 pound a week apparently to feed a starving child..try it.try and bring up chilldren in this current enviroment. As far as i am concerned,the more you can get from this money grabbing ,pension robbing,government,the better.Good on you!!

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  • socialista  |  February 24 2013, 3:45PM

    Well said, HilfromWilts - here`s how the real welfare state works, courtesy of the Independent (Sunday 24 February) Britain's colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition "David Cameron's ancestors were among the wealthy families who received generous reparation payments that would be worth millions of pounds in today's money" independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-colonial-shame-slaveowners-given-huge-payouts-after-abolition-8508358.html http://tinyurl.com/avqro23 brown-nosing, yellow-bellied scum like andypandy789 & AngryWoman haven`t got the guts or gumption to fight for justice in this world.

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  • HilfromWilts  |  February 23 2013, 9:29PM

    why pick on this woman - because you can? because it's easier than picking on Cameron and Duncan smith? What are THEY doing with millions/billions of taxpayer's money? While unemployed, sick, dying, vulnerable or disabled people face poverty and homelessness there seems to be an unending stream of tax payer's cash available for the DWP to pointlessly harass and bully claimants. The Work Programme is increasing unemployment and costing a fortune. It's almost at a billion pounds, around one quarter of the figure spent on unemployment benefits annually. It costs taxpayers around £46 a time when iain duncan smith claims for breakfast... wny not get 'angry' over that?? After all, angrywoman, he considers you are a scrounger too. People with cancer have died while appealing their claims.

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  • Judas  |  February 23 2013, 11:49AM

    TiG, in my opinion are a disgrace. They have vilified this woman and her family more than criminals, rapists and druggies.

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  • AngelFrost  |  February 22 2013, 9:29PM

    £115 pound an hour flying lessons for truck driving boyfriend i hope you were there when he took the lessons because he most certainly wasnt because there was never any flying lessons being booked

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  • CBCschmucks  |  February 22 2013, 9:06PM

    This story makes my blood boil. Takeaways for 12 people, Days out at a theme park for 12 people! Seriously?! 1 horse, 1 blue and gold Macaw worth appox. £1000, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 rabbit, and 2 guinea pigs. £115 pound an hour flying lessons for truck driving boyfriend and the list goes on and on. My god, what planet is this money grabbing lazy woman on? The pet food and vet bills alone are worth more than what I probably make. The Council needs to audit this scrounger because if she can afford all this she doesn't need help. She lives like she just won the lottery! She should've kept her legs closed a long time ago. All the attention and abuse is all her making and it's us workers who have to foot the bill for her brainless, thoughtless, stupidity. There's 12 of you, clean up your house and garden that you get for free. Do f*cking something for yourselves for a change and stop expecting handouts every step of the way you lazy shiftless f*cks.

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  • andypandy789  |  February 22 2013, 8:54PM

    useless wonder - most sensible comment posted since the story broke.

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  • amy86  |  February 22 2013, 8:48PM

    andypandy - Seriously mate, grow up and stop picking on a 16 year old child (sorry Angel). Depending on when she was born its perfectly acceptable to not be at school at 16 if she left last year July. Angel, while I may not agree with your mums choices, you seem like a well rounded person, and good for you for a)sticking up for your family, and b) working to fund your horse rather than sitting around like a lot of people your age! Ignore the trolls, they get their kicks from judging others from their not so white ivory towers.

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  • uselesswonder  |  February 22 2013, 7:28PM

    ...and apologies for the spelling mistakes below :)

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