A Freedom of Information request has revealed that 40,000 families on welfare benefits have more than 5 children. 

The Express report:

The 40,000 collect £150million a year in child benefit alone. And at least one parent from each family is also claiming jobseeker’s allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, income support, employment allowance or pension credit. 

The figures were released last month by the Department for Work and Pensions following a Freedom of Information Act request.

A mother with 11 children is entitled to in excess of £600 every week in child benefit, tax credits and income support alone – more than £31,000 a year.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.