Latvian mother-of-ten from Boston wins battle for bigger council home
A Latvian mother-of-ten is demanding a bigger council house - despite coining in a reported £34,000 a year in benefits.
Linda Kozlovska, 31, pays a reported £100 a week rent to a private landlord for her three-bedroom terraced home in Boston, Lincolnshire.
But the Latvian national, who is on the local council's housing waiting list, is demanding a bigger home so her family can live more comfortably.
The family will now reportedly be moving from their £48,000 three-bedroom property in Boston, Lincolnshire, to a town in South Yorkshire where the average house costs around £150,000.
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The single mother, who refuses to say how many men fathered the children, has made the demand despite reportedly raking in £10,000 a year more than the average British worker.
The massive cash handout is down to the benefits her huge brood entitles her to.
Linda lives with her children Russandra, 16, Liene, 13, Julian, 12, Sandija, 11, Marko, ten, Janis, eight, Diana, seven, Rolands, four, and twins Edvard and Alan, three.
They share the bedrooms in their Boston home and a mattress has been placed in the living room to create more sleeping space.
Boston Borough Council, who have confirmed Linda is on their waiting list for a bigger property, have said there have been no reports of antisocial behaviour from the house.
A spokesman said the family were "vulnerable" and the house was important for the stability it provides.
But nearby workmen yesterday (Thurs) confirmed they were frequently called to the privately-rented three bedroom house in Boston to fix damage caused by the children.
One builder, who asked not to be named, said: "I often go and do jobs on the house for the landlord and to be honest I think she just look after it.
"The kids are always everywhere just trashes the place.
"Often I have been and there the kids are cheeky and rude to you.
"They are constantly slamming the windows and breaking the hinges.
"They throw rubbish out the windows and onto the street.
"There isn't enough beds in the house for all the children.
"In the house there are blankets everywhere.
"But she's clued up. She knows how to make money."
The workman, who previously lived on the street, added: "There is nothing wrong with the house.
"There was nothing wrong with it when she moved in anyway.
"The bloke who owns the house has a few properties and we regularly do work for him.
"He always makes sure that he maintains the upkeep of his properties but unfortunately the tenants just trash them."
Self-employed cleaner Linda moved to Britain in 2008 with three of her children with the others gradually joining her from Latvia. Her three youngest were born in Britain.
She claims £34,000 a year in UK benefits - £13,000 more than the £21,000 salary of a newly-qualified nurse - and says this is broken down into £527 a week in child tax credit and working tax credit and a total of £127 a week in child benefit.
But in Latvia Linda would receive just £9.26 per child each month - although Latvian couples can claim up to £1,865 per baby until the youngsters reach 18 months.
Linda said: "I have ten children living here with me. I'm the only adult.
"I am on the council waiting list, but we're still here. They don't have a big enough house.
"I want a bigger house. I don't like it here. When we moved in it had bed bugs.
"I have working tax credits, child tax credits and child benefits. Per week I get a total of £527 child tax credit and working tax credit. I get £127 child benefit."
She added: "I came to England to live - because we are from Latvia in the EU I could just come."
Linda privately rents the house and all maintenance is carried out by the landlord.
A council spokesman said: "Boston Borough Council is currently involved with the premises and is working with the family and the landlord to address a number of relatively minor disrepair items, at the landlord’s expense.
"The property is not a House in Multiple Occupation - we can confirm that it is in fact home to a single large family.
"The tenant’s financial matters are of course private and personal to them.
"The council is not aware of any complaints of anti-social behaviour at this address.
"In common with most councils Boston Borough Council does have other large families on its housing waiting list awaiting larger accommodation, but this family is at the upper end of the spectrum.
"The accommodation does provide a stable environment for the family."
According to a report issued by The Institute for Fiscal Studies on British earners the average income for a UK taxpayer in 2008 was £24,769.