The thought of having 12 kids is absolutely unimaginable for some, but Cheryl Prudham is already thinking about lucky number 13. However, a petition to have the mother-of-12’s benefits cut has begun circulating after she revealed a controversial plan she wants to use the handouts for.
Becoming known notoriously as Britain’s “queen of benefits,” Prudham is reported to rake in over $50,000 a year in taxpayers’ cash. Prudham has become somewhat of a controversial figure due to her benefits, but that’s not what has people up in arms, it’s how she plans on using them.
Prudham applied for NHS surgery to get a chest augmentation from a 34A to a 34DD, but was turned down. Now, Cheryl has stated that she plans on using her benefits to pay for the cosmetic surgery.
Naturally, this caused outrage and a petition calling for the Government to block her handouts has begun to circulate online, which quickly received more than 13,000 signatures. The petition states, “Last I checked benefits are there to support those in need, not for plastic surgery procedures!”
Daily Mail reports that Cheryl revealed to a magazine that one thing she enjoys about pregnancy is how her chest size increases but, after she gives birth, her chest flattens and she gets insecure about it. “Having 12 children has not helped my [chest],” says Prudham. “But I have always had a small chest and it affects my self-confidence.”
The Change.org petition states, “I am all for the benefit system as it helps people in so many ways but when it is being used for cosmetic surgery and not being [put] towards your children to feed and clothe them I see this as abuse when there are people in serious need.”
The Mirror reports that Cheryl told This Morning that she can’t help it if the government is willing to give her these benefits, saying, “I don’t make up the rules at the end of the day and I’m not the government. If that’s what they are giving me I am going to take it. So if I can have another child and the government is allowing me to do that, I am going to do that.”