By Euro Weekly News Media • 05 May 2014 • 10:05
Dee has been on an all-expenses break in Magaluf, Mallorca.
The face of controversial TV programme Benefits Street, White Dee, has been snapped enjoying an all-expenses-paid holiday to Magaluf, Mallorca – while still claiming her benefits.
Dee, whose real name is Deirdre Kelly, has claimed that she is too depressed to go to work and lives off benefits as a result.
However, a series of holiday snaps have shown the TV star enjoying a party lifestyle, drinking expensive Moet champagne (which is around £500 a bottle)on a bar crawl and lounging around at a private pool party.
Dee, 42, who receives some £10,000-a-year in sickness benefits in Birmingham, spent the first night of the holiday at an event organised by Carnage Magaluf.
Party-goers paid £25 a ticket to attend, although Dee did not make any money from the event.
The unemployed mother-of-two was invited to the four-day party by one of her TV agent’s clients, an American singer, and was the ‘star’ guest of the bar crawl.
And Dee was still allowed to claim benefits – despite her foreign fun in the sun. UK law allows claimants to continue receiving benefits for up to four weeks if they go abroad, provided that they inform the Job Centre.
Dee became the face of Benefits Street, a TV series that got more than five million viewers and attracted over a thousand complaints.
She enjoyed a series of organised events including drinking competitions at the Magaluf resort, which is popular with 18-30s package holidays, after flying out on Wednesday.
Yesterday she headed home to James Turner Street in Winson Green, Birmingham, the deprived road which was the setting for the Channel 4 TV show.
Dee, who gets £214 in benefits a week, has said that she would be willing to work. She used to work as a barmaid, and was later a Birmingham City Council administrator but left in disgrace after being convicted of stealing £13,000.
The benefits claimant narrowly avoided jail in 2007 for the council controversy and was ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid work.
While on the holiday, Dee was said to have commented: ‘I’m not having a nice time. I miss my kids and I hate flying.’
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