Gravesend mum of 9 pregnant again - with twin girls

News Shopper: Gravesend mum of nine children is pregnant again- with twin girls Gravesend mum of nine children is pregnant again- with twin girls

A mum-of-nine kids who demanded a bigger council house for her ever expanding brood has moved to Gravesend- and is pregnant again with twin girls.

Cheryl Prudham, 32, and husband Rob, 29, moved to Hampton Crescent from Sittingbourne three months ago after demanding a bigger council house for her family.

The couple receive a shocking £38,000 a year in benefits which will soon rise by £1,400 as soon as the twins arrive in September.

Mrs Prudham's new neighbours have voiced concerns about the family receiving such high benefits.

Janet Lee, 68, told News Shopper: "I think it’s quite bad really.

"I know they both work part-time and good on them for that but there are families who work full time and can’t afford a second child and there’s these waiting for number ten and eleven to come along."

Despite now living in a five-bedroom property Cheryl, who works part-time as a carer, says she doesn't like the area and wants to move back to Sittingbourne.

Mr Prudham said: "Yes, she is pregnant and our benefits haven't changed. The twins are due in four months."

Talking about their new home he added: "It’s cushty. We’re just getting settled in. We’re making a new start.

"We don’t want no people gossiping."

Last year the couple tried to move from their three bedroom house in Sittingbourne because it was too small for the family.

The couple were turned down by Swale Council but found a family on Facebook who wanted to downsize from their council home and then moved to Gravesend.

They already have Leon, three, Lenny, two, and Lainey, one, together.

Cheryl also has George, 14, Jack, 13, Caitlin, nine, Maisie, eight, Millie, six, and Madison, five, from previous relationships.

When the News Shopper visited the family Mrs Prudham said "I’m not interested," and then slammed the door in the reporter's face.

The couple each work 20 hours a week as carers for the elderly which brings in about £1,400 a month adding up to £15,000 a year, meaning they don't pay income tax.

The couple's rent of £123 a week is paid for by the council and they receive £400 a week in child tax credits.

They also receive £7,326 a year in child benefits- and will be able to claim an extra £13.55 a week when the twins are born.

Gravesham council were unavailable to comment.

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3:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

flea_in_ear says...

We'd all like a lot of things. We just expect to pay for them ourselves.
We'd all like a lot of things. We just expect to pay for them ourselves. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 25

3:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

Absolute scum as far as I'm concerned.
He says "We don’t want no people gossiping" - Well tough. If you're going to have more children paid for by the state, then everyone has the right to have a say on it.
Absolute scum as far as I'm concerned. He says "We don’t want no people gossiping" - Well tough. If you're going to have more children paid for by the state, then everyone has the right to have a say on it. PaulErith
  • Score: 25

4:08pm Fri 25 Apr 14

concerned.erith says...

Come on haven't these two ever heard of contraception?

This is why child benenfit should be stopped after the 3rd child. You want more than 3 you pay for them yourself.

Bet they must be exhausted from their part time jobs - enough to make sure they can get their filthy grubby hands on benefits.
Come on haven't these two ever heard of contraception? This is why child benenfit should be stopped after the 3rd child. You want more than 3 you pay for them yourself. Bet they must be exhausted from their part time jobs - enough to make sure they can get their filthy grubby hands on benefits. concerned.erith
  • Score: 18

4:12pm Fri 25 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

concerned.erith wrote:
Come on haven't these two ever heard of contraception?

This is why child benenfit should be stopped after the 3rd child. You want more than 3 you pay for them yourself.

Bet they must be exhausted from their part time jobs - enough to make sure they can get their filthy grubby hands on benefits.
I think even 3 is a generous. I'd cut it to 1. Nobody has the right to have children that they can't afford and expect everyone else to pay. Mistakes can happen, so I'd say allow benefits for 1 child. After that, no more money, no bigger house. You watch how much more careful people would be if they knew that another child would actually lower their standard of living.
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: Come on haven't these two ever heard of contraception? This is why child benenfit should be stopped after the 3rd child. You want more than 3 you pay for them yourself. Bet they must be exhausted from their part time jobs - enough to make sure they can get their filthy grubby hands on benefits.[/p][/quote]I think even 3 is a generous. I'd cut it to 1. Nobody has the right to have children that they can't afford and expect everyone else to pay. Mistakes can happen, so I'd say allow benefits for 1 child. After that, no more money, no bigger house. You watch how much more careful people would be if they knew that another child would actually lower their standard of living. PaulErith
  • Score: 25

4:16pm Fri 25 Apr 14

HearTheFacts says...

Have they heard of the pill?. Or does family planning only mean having more children?. What right does this family have to except the country to keep them?. You choose to have children you pay for them, not everyone else!.
Have they heard of the pill?. Or does family planning only mean having more children?. What right does this family have to except the country to keep them?. You choose to have children you pay for them, not everyone else!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 20

4:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

The problem is they live in Hampton Crescent, shame they don't live in Hampton Caught.

Caught in Robs flys.
The problem is they live in Hampton Crescent, shame they don't live in Hampton Caught. Caught in Robs flys. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 65

4:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

concerned.erith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
The problem is they live in Hampton Crescent, shame they don't live in Hampton Caught.

Caught in Robs flys.
LMFAO
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: The problem is they live in Hampton Crescent, shame they don't live in Hampton Caught. Caught in Robs flys.[/p][/quote]LMFAO concerned.erith
  • Score: 1

4:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

concerned.erith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
The problem is they live in Hampton Crescent, shame they don't live in Hampton Caught.

Caught in Robs flys.
LMFAO
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: The problem is they live in Hampton Crescent, shame they don't live in Hampton Caught. Caught in Robs flys.[/p][/quote]LMFAO concerned.erith
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

up the U's paul says...

And to think that there are so many loving couples that can't have children. Theres a thought if after 2 children if you do not have the means to support more, then take them away and give them to those that can. This will mean the child gets a good start in life and the tax payer is not burdened with yet more scum draining the system. ( everyones a winner )
And to think that there are so many loving couples that can't have children. Theres a thought if after 2 children if you do not have the means to support more, then take them away and give them to those that can. This will mean the child gets a good start in life and the tax payer is not burdened with yet more scum draining the system. ( everyones a winner ) up the U's paul
  • Score: 19

4:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Citygirl83 says...

I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.
I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward. Citygirl83
  • Score: 37

5:28pm Fri 25 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

Citygirl83 wrote:
I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.
Maybe they are religious, good christians don't wear condoms.

Why don't you play the system? Are you so much better than the rest of the world?
Pride and worrying what people say is the human races worst crap to get over.

DO IT! what you got to lose, respect from whom?
[quote][p][bold]Citygirl83[/bold] wrote: I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.[/p][/quote]Maybe they are religious, good christians don't wear condoms. Why don't you play the system? Are you so much better than the rest of the world? Pride and worrying what people say is the human races worst crap to get over. DO IT! what you got to lose, respect from whom? white rabbit9
  • Score: -68

5:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

elainey60 says...

My daughter has 3 children and lives in a 2 bed flat with a box room 63sq ft being the second room my son in law works nights and they have been told that their living room should used as a bedroom so as this is the room they eat and "live" in it isn't possible so 4 off them sleep in 1 room and my grandson who is at school has the box room which is not big enough for 2beds .,They have been told by bexley council this is adequate so why is it fair that just because these people keep having kids they get lots of help but my daughter does not want any more children and pays their own way is ignored but then bexley council and the Tory party from the top up don't think they and the many of people like them are worth any help
My daughter has 3 children and lives in a 2 bed flat with a box room 63sq ft being the second room my son in law works nights and they have been told that their living room should used as a bedroom so as this is the room they eat and "live" in it isn't possible so 4 off them sleep in 1 room and my grandson who is at school has the box room which is not big enough for 2beds .,They have been told by bexley council this is adequate so why is it fair that just because these people keep having kids they get lots of help but my daughter does not want any more children and pays their own way is ignored but then bexley council and the Tory party from the top up don't think they and the many of people like them are worth any help elainey60
  • Score: 16

5:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Wombles4000 says...

Kerching!

As for the neighbours comment here - "I know they both work part-time and good on them for that' - well I guess she doesn't know that parents receive FAR more in benefits by working part time than by being unemployed. This is due to working and child tax credits being given to parents working part time, and they also avoid the benefit cap of 26k by doing 16 hours of work.

Makes a mockery of people thinking that going from unemployment to part time saves taxpayers money. No, it opens up much more to them.
Kerching! As for the neighbours comment here - "I know they both work part-time and good on them for that' - well I guess she doesn't know that parents receive FAR more in benefits by working part time than by being unemployed. This is due to working and child tax credits being given to parents working part time, and they also avoid the benefit cap of 26k by doing 16 hours of work. Makes a mockery of people thinking that going from unemployment to part time saves taxpayers money. No, it opens up much more to them. Wombles4000
  • Score: 20

6:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Wombles4000 says...

Citygirl83 wrote:
I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.
Sad to hear this. You are working 35 hours which is difficult for you and your child. If you went part time (has to be above 16 hours) it is true that family tax credits and child tax credits would pretty much pay the difference and make up any loss, assuming you don't earn more than 30k. Then you would be able to have a second child and receive a big boost in income.

It may not be right but that's how the system is set up these days, and many are doing it.
[quote][p][bold]Citygirl83[/bold] wrote: I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.[/p][/quote]Sad to hear this. You are working 35 hours which is difficult for you and your child. If you went part time (has to be above 16 hours) it is true that family tax credits and child tax credits would pretty much pay the difference and make up any loss, assuming you don't earn more than 30k. Then you would be able to have a second child and receive a big boost in income. It may not be right but that's how the system is set up these days, and many are doing it. Wombles4000
  • Score: 20

6:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mumcabs says...

Poor kids. They are having children for their own benefit, and benefits in general and for their own selfish needs. There is nothing in it for the kids they are popping out. I bet the older ones have to look after the younger ones, even though it wasn't their choice that their parents keep having kids they can't afford and haven't got the room or the time for. Utterly SELFISH !
Poor kids. They are having children for their own benefit, and benefits in general and for their own selfish needs. There is nothing in it for the kids they are popping out. I bet the older ones have to look after the younger ones, even though it wasn't their choice that their parents keep having kids they can't afford and haven't got the room or the time for. Utterly SELFISH ! mumcabs
  • Score: 28

6:58pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mypoint says...

Many comments have been made about the benefits this couple receive and quite rightly so but my main concern is for the health of the mother, more pregnancies a woman has the more the risk increases to mother and Child, she is playing Russian roulette with her life and ultimately that of her unborn twins, if something happened to her what would happen to the remaining children, it states some are from different relationships, the family would be torn apart through the selfish act. Want doesn't equate to need. Makes me so mad.
Many comments have been made about the benefits this couple receive and quite rightly so but my main concern is for the health of the mother, more pregnancies a woman has the more the risk increases to mother and Child, she is playing Russian roulette with her life and ultimately that of her unborn twins, if something happened to her what would happen to the remaining children, it states some are from different relationships, the family would be torn apart through the selfish act. Want doesn't equate to need. Makes me so mad. mypoint
  • Score: 25

7:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

SidcupResident says...

As much as I don't condone this, what about all the foreign families with 10+ kids?!

How comes the media only targets British families breeding like rabbits?
As much as I don't condone this, what about all the foreign families with 10+ kids?! How comes the media only targets British families breeding like rabbits? SidcupResident
  • Score: 65

7:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

zampa says...

Thank goodness for the benefit system!
Thank goodness for the benefit system! zampa
  • Score: 23

10:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

SBrook42 says...

If YOU can't afford to have kids then don't. Simple really. And we shouldn't allow people to claim more benefits when they CHOOSE to extend their families whilst claiming. After all having a family is a choice and there's FREE help to avoid it that they teach you about in school.
If YOU can't afford to have kids then don't. Simple really. And we shouldn't allow people to claim more benefits when they CHOOSE to extend their families whilst claiming. After all having a family is a choice and there's FREE help to avoid it that they teach you about in school. SBrook42
  • Score: 12

12:02am Sat 26 Apr 14

mouthalmighty says...

I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else how many children they have. This family is being used as scapegoats, and Its not their fault that most people are crying poverty and then go on holiday..you will find the culprits of ruining england at The Commons. If you haven't got the guts to have children, then dont have a go at those that do. Having children has never been easy or cheap. You manage. Some better than others
I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else how many children they have. This family is being used as scapegoats, and Its not their fault that most people are crying poverty and then go on holiday..you will find the culprits of ruining england at The Commons. If you haven't got the guts to have children, then dont have a go at those that do. Having children has never been easy or cheap. You manage. Some better than others mouthalmighty
  • Score: 14

8:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else how many children they have. This family is being used as scapegoats, and Its not their fault that most people are crying poverty and then go on holiday..you will find the culprits of ruining england at The Commons. If you haven't got the guts to have children, then dont have a go at those that do. Having children has never been easy or cheap. You manage. Some better than others
You must be joking! "If you haven't got the guts to have children...." It comes down to being responsible. If you can't afford them then you don't have them. And it does have something to do with us as to how many kids these awful people have because we are paying for them!
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else how many children they have. This family is being used as scapegoats, and Its not their fault that most people are crying poverty and then go on holiday..you will find the culprits of ruining england at The Commons. If you haven't got the guts to have children, then dont have a go at those that do. Having children has never been easy or cheap. You manage. Some better than others[/p][/quote]You must be joking! "If you haven't got the guts to have children...." It comes down to being responsible. If you can't afford them then you don't have them. And it does have something to do with us as to how many kids these awful people have because we are paying for them! PaulErith
  • Score: 14

12:38pm Sat 26 Apr 14

James Tiberius Kirk says...

Multiple kids from multiple fathers, woman should learn to keep her legs shut and stop milking the system!
Multiple kids from multiple fathers, woman should learn to keep her legs shut and stop milking the system! James Tiberius Kirk
  • Score: 19

3:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Citygirl83 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Citygirl83 wrote: I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.
Maybe they are religious, good christians don't wear condoms. Why don't you play the system? Are you so much better than the rest of the world? Pride and worrying what people say is the human races worst crap to get over. DO IT! what you got to lose, respect from whom?
Respect for myself white rabbit, if it is religious fair enough. I was taught if I wanted something it was earned not handed to you.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citygirl83[/bold] wrote: I would love another child but we can not afford it, hence I am on the implant so we don't have any accidents. I read somewhere else this morning that they don't use protection and have never discussed it. If you want to be a grown up then you need to talk about things like that. I work 35 hours a week, my son is in full time nursery so I can do this because I refuse to be on benefits just so I can stay home with him, which is what I want more than anything. They are simply playing the system just right so they get the maximum out of it, but I am sick of being shafted when I work **** hard and others get things handed to them on a plate. This country is so backward.[/p][/quote]Maybe they are religious, good christians don't wear condoms. Why don't you play the system? Are you so much better than the rest of the world? Pride and worrying what people say is the human races worst crap to get over. DO IT! what you got to lose, respect from whom?[/p][/quote]Respect for myself white rabbit, if it is religious fair enough. I was taught if I wanted something it was earned not handed to you. Citygirl83
  • Score: 17

6:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

dja0810 says...

Another couple working the minimum hours just to get tax credit. Why are they both only working 20 hours a week, her other half needs to get his priorities right and get a FULL TIME JOB like the rest of us. Myself and my husband Work and pay childcare which takes up quite a bit of our wages but it's something we have to do so we can Work. I don't understand how they are getting all their rent paid either when they are bringing in a wage and claiming working and child tax credit and child benefit, that's one hell of a lot of money so why can't they pay their own bloody rent. Makes me so mad. Either he needs to get the snip or she needs to get her tubes tied.
Another couple working the minimum hours just to get tax credit. Why are they both only working 20 hours a week, her other half needs to get his priorities right and get a FULL TIME JOB like the rest of us. Myself and my husband Work and pay childcare which takes up quite a bit of our wages but it's something we have to do so we can Work. I don't understand how they are getting all their rent paid either when they are bringing in a wage and claiming working and child tax credit and child benefit, that's one hell of a lot of money so why can't they pay their own bloody rent. Makes me so mad. Either he needs to get the snip or she needs to get her tubes tied. dja0810
  • Score: 11

8:52am Sun 27 Apr 14

shabina says...

all that money and the dad can't afford a shirt !!! but can afford all them tattoos .... tell the mother to put a sock in it, to prevent any more kids !!!!
all that money and the dad can't afford a shirt !!! but can afford all them tattoos .... tell the mother to put a sock in it, to prevent any more kids !!!! shabina
  • Score: 20

1:28pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Spurious1974 says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else how many children they have. This family is being used as scapegoats, and Its not their fault that most people are crying poverty and then go on holiday..you will find the culprits of ruining england at The Commons. If you haven't got the guts to have children, then dont have a go at those that do. Having children has never been easy or cheap. You manage. Some better than others

When the taxpayer is picking up the bill for looking after these children, feeding these children, and providing a roof over their heads, than people are entitled to have their say. The family is not being used as scapegoats, the family has chosen to allow themselves to be photographed and talked about in the media. If you don't want people 'gossiping' about you, and if you are stupid enough to think that your business is your own (when you are happy to take other people's money), than stop being a leach on society......... If you think you are entitled to a 'private life', than be self sufficient, don't take other people's money in the form of benefits and don't rely on the Council to find you a place to live.........

Show some self respect and learn to live within your means rather than expecting something for nothing..........
mouthalmighty wrote: I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else how many children they have. This family is being used as scapegoats, and Its not their fault that most people are crying poverty and then go on holiday..you will find the culprits of ruining england at The Commons. If you haven't got the guts to have children, then dont have a go at those that do. Having children has never been easy or cheap. You manage. Some better than others When the taxpayer is picking up the bill for looking after these children, feeding these children, and providing a roof over their heads, than people are entitled to have their say. The family is not being used as scapegoats, the family has chosen to allow themselves to be photographed and talked about in the media. If you don't want people 'gossiping' about you, and if you are stupid enough to think that your business is your own (when you are happy to take other people's money), than stop being a leach on society......... If you think you are entitled to a 'private life', than be self sufficient, don't take other people's money in the form of benefits and don't rely on the Council to find you a place to live......... Show some self respect and learn to live within your means rather than expecting something for nothing.......... Spurious1974
  • Score: 4

10:05am Thu 1 May 14

biscuit dunker says...

good luck to cheryl and rob! what a lovely big family terrific we need more families to have lots and lots of children just like this lovely big family! lol
good luck to cheryl and rob! what a lovely big family terrific we need more families to have lots and lots of children just like this lovely big family! lol biscuit dunker
  • Score: -11

10:31am Fri 2 May 14

cupidstunt1976 says...

Why stop at 9 ? need 11 for a full team plus 3 subs! ha ha
Why stop at 9 ? need 11 for a full team plus 3 subs! ha ha cupidstunt1976
  • Score: -55

11:05am Fri 2 May 14

Invicta58 says...

I'm gossiping just to annoy her.
I'm gossiping just to annoy her. Invicta58
  • Score: 0

11:55am Fri 2 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

'It' must be like John Waynes saddle bags, or Sarflondonturds flaps on a good day.
'It' must be like John Waynes saddle bags, or Sarflondonturds flaps on a good day. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 58

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