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Ipswich: Father-of-14 Tim Fisk says he “won’t be dictated to” over how many children he has in Channel 5 documentary

PUBLISHED: 09:14 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:05 24 June 2014

Tim Fisk

Tim Fisk


An Ipswich father-of-14 who stoked controversy last year when it was revealed he will receive a six-bedroom council house has said he “won’t be dictated to” over how many children he has.

In a documentary on benefits broadcast last night by Channel 5, Tim Fisk even said he would have another child just out of anger at his critics.

The Fisk family from Maidenhall were the subject of a petition after it was revealed Ipswich Borough Council was knocking through a wall to an unoccupied house next door to them, creating a six-bedroom home in Glamorgan Road.

They were one of three families to feature in the documentary Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole.

During the documentary Mr Fisk said: “It’s got nothing to do with anyone whether I can support my kids or not. If we need support that’s why we have a social service system surely.

“I ain’t going to be dictated to, nobody in their life is going to be dictated to and told how many kids you can have. That’s not right. It’s p****d me off so much with all the c**p people keep writing and making up, do you know what I think I’ll have another one.”

Earlier in the programme he said: “If I had my way, no, I wouldn’t want more, I’m getting a bit old now. If Mandy had her way I think Mandy would want another one.”

The couple also revealed that they were subjected to verbal abuse after their life on benefits became public knowledge, and he has shelled out on camera surveillance around his house, as well as personal cameras for his wife and children.

“What the hell? I have had threats saying they’re going to petrol bomb us and murder my family. I’m quite disgusted with it, to be honest.

“On the street we have had verbal abuse, people shouting out, we have had cars pull up shouting out… fingers stuck up at Mandy.”

Mr Fisk also complained about some of the effects of the construction work going on during the show.

“The noise is horrendous really, I would have thought they’d have moved us while they were doing the work. With the newborn baby it’s a bit much innit?

His wife added: “I am looking forward to it to be done but it’s just the c**p that you have to put up with while it’s being done.”

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