One of their sons enjoys playing his drum kit in his bedroom and nine guitars – with two of them bought brand new.
Tom, 39, who gave up work a decade ago, cares for his family along with wife Stacey, 40, who also doesn’t work.
He said: “We didn’t necessarily set out to create a big family.
It just happened.
The amount of money provided by benefits is literally the legal minimum amount required to survive.”
He added: “You see a large family and instantly they’re just scroungers, etc, etc. We are so far from that.
“Come and have a day in our shoes, and I will have a chat with you.”
The family claim income support, child tax credit, and child benefit.
They also get carers and disability allowances because son Ryan, 12, has life threatening Addison’s disease, and another son suffers from ADHD.
Although the family won’t reveal exactly how much they pocket in handouts, it is estimated to be up to £70,000 a year.
“When you live on a tight budget you’ve got to live with what you can afford”
Tom added: “When you live on a tight budget you’ve got to live with what you can afford.
“There is always going to be people out there who don’t get any help from the government.
“It is enough money to live on if you have the right attitude.
“We want to make sure our kids are the same as any other family – a healthy middle class family, because that’s what we want them to be when they grow up.
“I would describe ourselves as a functional family, not a dysfunctional family.”
They fork out £300 a week on food to make the whole family home-cooked meals.
A 25kg sack of spuds lasts for just three dinners.
Tom continued: “At the end of the day being on benefits is not a glamorous lifestyle whatsoever.”
The couple’s story is featured on Benefits Britain: Me & My 14 Kids on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight.