A jobless mother of 11 in Gloucestershire who made headlines after it emerged she was getting a newly built 'mansion' provided by a council said she "would love to go out and work".
Heather Frost, 36, who has not worked for years, said she had intended to set up her own business but fell ill with cancer two years ago.
The grandmother-of-two, who first fell pregnant at 14, said she "understood" why other people who go out to work might be angry that her large family is supported by the taxpayer.
– Heather Frost
I'd love to go out and work.
I took a business plan two years ago, I think it was, to try and open my own shop and do my own business but I fell ill. I'd love to come off benefits and support my children myself but there is help out there to help families.
Verna Green, Director of Communities at Tewkesbury Borough Council, talks to our reporter Ken Goodwin. The council has been criticised for building a six-bedroom house for Heather Frost, an unemployed mother of eleven who claims her current housing is unsuitable.
A woman who has been offered a six bedroom house for her 11 children went into hiding today following a media storm, after it was revealed that Tewkesbury Council is building a new home for her family.
Heather Frost from Innsworth near Gloucester is quoted in the Sun newspaper saying she would demand an even bigger home if she doesn't like the one being built for her. But friends said today she never asked for a six bedroomed house; it was offered because her current accommodation is temporary.
Heather and her family currently live in two semi-detached houses knocked together to form one large house. Verna Green, Director of Communities for Tewkesbury Borough Council says that the new house, which is being built as part of a social housing development, represents good value.
Campaigners have criticised a decision by Tewkesbury Borough Council to provide a mother of 11 with a purpose-built six-bedroom "mansion" near Gloucester. Unemployed Heather Frost, 36, currently lives in two houses knocked together in Churchdown but says she needs a more suitable home.
To solve her housing problem, the council sold a plot of land a housing association. It will build 13 houses on the land, one of which will have six bedrooms and be allocated to Ms Frost. Her current home will be re-allocated to two families.
The TaxPayers' Alliance, criticised the decision.
– Robert Oxley, TaxPayers' Alliance
It's scandalous that so much time and taxpayers' money is being spent on one custom-built mansion," he said. "Many people can't afford to buy their own home, but have to opt for what their budget allows.
"Benefits are there to help those who need support, not subsidise a lifestyle that most people paying for them could not afford themselves.
Derek Davies, lead member for built environment at Tewkesbury Borough Council, said:
– Derek Davies, Tewkesbury Borough Council
We have a duty to provide appropriate accommodation to people who are at risk of homelessness. Ms Frost's family has been living in temporary accommodation, consisting of two houses, for a very long time because there have been no other suitable properties available. This is an excellent example of the council working in partnership with registered providers, using public land to develop more affordable housing in line with Government policy.