"Me and my family have been neglected," Arnold told Mirror. "It's so cramped and the conditions are terrible. Everyone is sleeping everywhere and my wife is sleeping with the baby so I am on the sofa. I am homeless in my home now."
Before the family was placed in their current home, they were put up for about four months in a Hampton by Hilton hotel, costing over $200 per night for a total of more than $50,000, paid for by the government.
In addition to their hotel stay, the family has received an additional $60,000 in housing and child benefits, as well as child tax credits. Their rent is covered by taxpayers.
The father says their current home is not suitable for the size of his family. He says his daughters sleep on two single bunk beds in one bedroom, while his three sons share one bunk bed in another room. The entire family shares one bathroom.
Speaking about the five-bedroom house the family was offered, Arnold said, "There wasn't enough space for the things of ten people, it didn't even have a dining room."
No dining room? How positively barbaric!
Yes indeed, life for a family of ten on the public dole can be difficult; no wonder he's gone to the media to expose the level of neglect that they're forced to endure.
But on the other hand, at least much of the justice system is being automated, so perhaps in due time the layabout can go present his concerns to a robotic judge:
As part of a raft of technological reformation, the UK justice system will introduce automated online justice for those admitting minor offences – wherein these individuals will have fines issued and verdicts recorded without the intervention of any human legal entity.
An early version of this robo-justice system is already being rolled out for traffic offences, and the report anticipates that such procedures will be extended to cover victimless crimes such as rail ticket and TV license evasion.
Also in the works: more tele-trials, in which proceedings are to be adjudicated entirely online, via teleconferencing.
Sounds a trifle Big Brother-ish.