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Latvian mum-of-10 claims £34k a year and demands bigger council house in Boston

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

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A mother-of-ten who receives £34,000 a year in benefits has caused outrage after demanding that Boston Borough Council gives her a larger home.

Latvian Linda Kozlovska, 31, arrived in Britain with three children in 2008 and moved into a three-bedroom house, maintained by the council.

After having three more children in the last fours years and four more moving over from Latvia, she is now unhappy there.

She told the Mail Online: ‘I have ten children living here with me. I want a bigger house. I don’t like it here. When we moved in it had bed bugs.’

Her furious neighbours claim that up to 18 people lived in the terraced home at one time and have complained about the mess in the garden.

Miss Kozlovska, a self-employed cleaner, pays £100-a-week in rent to a private landlord, but the property is maintained by Boston Borough council.

Every week, she receives £527 in child tax credit and working tax credit as well as £127 in child benefits. In total, she receives £34,000 a year from the state.

If she were still living in Latvia, she would receive just £9.26 per child each month.

Miss Kozlovska added: "I came to England to live – because we are from Latvia, which is in the EU, I could just come."

She lives in the house with Russandra, 16, Liene, 13, Julian, 12, Sandija, 11, Marko, ten, Janis, eight, Diana, seven, Rolands, four, and twins Edvard and Alan, three.

According to the Mail Online, Mike Gilbert, councillor in charge of housing at Boston council, said: ‘I am sympathetic to her needs. I am also sympathetic to the needs of ten children.

"On the other hand providing accommodation for a mother with ten children is a fairly big ask in most areas, let alone Boston where that isn’t readily available."

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  • nigelsparky  |  September 26 2012, 10:52PM

    Gnome you have mentioned a couple of times now that the woman in question has been told that she will not get the home she is demanding. Having read the article again, as you suggested I should. However, all I can see in the article is the councillor in charge of housing saying it's a "big ask" and "not readily available". That does not indicate to me that her request has been denied.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 26 2012, 9:54PM

    Roadscource - It's a fair cop! I never watched the programme, just felt a bit like making a point that UK migrant workers have been glorified in the past, while EU equivalents are vilified in the same position. ncksn - Spot on. I am a woolly liberal, but I have experienced the benefits system several times over several decades. As a single person, I was a low priority on social housing lists despite being homeless at the time. My work brings me into contact with deprived and disenfranchised families, and it has become clear that the way to achieve better living standards is to have more children. Even with this perception, I am not saying that mothers have more children to get more benefits, just that the ones with more children have a better lifestyle, to a point. A mother with one child shares the cost of essentials such as gas and electric, with one other. Child benefit is intended to help with essentials, but more children mean those gas and electric bills take up a smaller proportion of overall income. Pay TV becomes an affordable choice, as does a contract mobile phone. As a single person with insecure temporary employment, I pay for every call and text because I do not have the security to access cheap call tariffs. I have Freeview. Focus on the issues. Mother has asked for a bigger home and been told she will not get one. Income from benefits is very high, and Mr Cameron 'is listening'. For various reasons, he will not commit to a £26,000 cap on individual families until 2015 because people might not vote for him. The extra runway at Heathrow committee will also not report until after May 2012. Is the country being led by a leader?

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  • ncksn  |  September 26 2012, 3:35PM

    In all fairness, as much as it angers me that the UK rolls over and will practically pay anyone who comes over here as much money as possible but the main issue is that the government pay people way too much.. 36k?! Regardless of the fact she isn't from the UK, it would still be an issue if a UK citizen was receiving that much, which no doubt a lot are! I just can't get over how most working people won't even come near to that in their lifetimes as for many companies that is managerial wage! It's crazy that the government, by paying this in benefits, is directly saying that this is the minimum it costs to live... what about those families who bring in 20k a year? should they not receive additional benefits to bump them up to 36k as after all, benefits are supposed to support families who are on the breadline, is it not?!

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  • ncksn  |  September 26 2012, 3:32PM

    In all fairness, as much as it angers me that the UK rolls over and will practically pay anyone who comes over here as much money as possible but the main issue is that the governement pay people way too much.. 36k?! for one woman, who doesnt work. Regardless of the fact she isn't from the UK, it would still be an issue if a UK citizen was receiving that much, which no doubt a lot are! I just can't get over how most working people won't even come near to that in their lifetimes as for a lot of people that is managerial wage! It's crazy that the government, by paying this in benefits, is directly saying that this is the minimum it costs to live... what about those families who bring in 20k a year? should they not receive additional ebnefits to bump them up to 36k as afterall, benefits is supposed to be on the breadline, is it not?!

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  • Roadscource  |  September 26 2012, 12:49PM

    "Do you remember a TV programme called Auf Wiedersehen, Pet? It was about Brit workers in Germany, scoring big salaries over local workers" They did not get paid more than local workers, they did not get 34,000 Deutchmarks per annum for accomodation from Dusseldorf Borough Council and therefore had to live in a portakabin on site, GB was in recession and Germany wasnt in recession. Im sure they would rather have found work at home especially Barry who often had to make the journey from England on his motorcycle in wind rain and ice.

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  • Bicksy  |  September 26 2012, 12:18AM

    Gnome - "Were you waitingfor somebody else to be more outraged first?" I'm not obtuse nor a follower

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  • Bicksy  |  September 26 2012, 12:18AM

    Gnome - "Were you waitingfor somebody else to be more outraged first?" I'm not obtuse nor a follower

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 25 2012, 11:54PM

    Thanks Bicksy - I am not at all offended by your reply. I recognise that you did not intend to link me to the ill-infomed people I referred to as hiding behind. It was clear that reactionaries had responded to the story, and that you felt I had not, as a mildly liberal / hardline leftie reacted quickly enough, but I had commented twice before you did. Were you waitingfor somebody else to be more outraged first? As with nigelsparky, I can see your outrage and where it comes from, but it is deliberately provoked. I return to my original point. The woman is a scrounger, who acknowledges that her income is better here. She has asked for a bigger house. The local council have told her where to get off. The national government have announced a cap on total benefits that mean she will undergo a cut in income (although not in the life of the present administration - cowardice or what?). Is your blood gradually cooling? Do you remember a TV programme called Auf Wiedersehen, Pet? It was about Brit workers in Germany, scoring big salaries over local workers, and based on real caseIt was quite popular, as I recall, and did not seem to suffer a racist backlash. I have worked abroad and faced local abuse. I picked grapes in France - unskilled, hard work. If Brits won't dothese jobs, others will.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 25 2012, 11:39PM

    Thanks Bicksy - I am not at all offended by your reply. As with nigelsparky, I can see your outrage and where it comes from, but it is deliberately provoked. I return to my original point. The woman is a scrounger, who acknowledges that her income is better here. She has asked for a bigger house. The local council have told her where to get off. The national government have announced a cap on total benefits that mean she will undergo a cut in income (although not in the life of the present administration - cowardice or what?). Is your blood gradually cooling? Do you remember a TV programme called Auf Wiedersehen, Pet? It was about Brit workers in Germany, scoring big salaries over local workers, and based on real caseIt was quite popular, as I recall, and did not seem to suffer a racist backlash. I have worked abroad and faced local abuse. I picked grapes in France - unskilled, hard work. If Brits won't dothese jobs, others will.

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  • Bicksy  |  September 25 2012, 9:15PM

    Gnome - I don't hide behind anyone, least of all you! The fact that I work almost two weeks in every month to pay my tax and insurance contributions before net take home, and I read this **** day after day makes my blood boil in much the same way as other who've posted on this subject. And the fact that you've admitted to being a yoghurt knitter tells me all I need to know about you "I object to your claim that 'yoghurt knitters' are absent, since I commented twice before you made your first contribution"

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