Benefits Street star White Dee has refused to comment on claims the Government has axed her £101-a-week employment and support allowance.

A spokesman for the reality show star, whose real name is Deirdre Kelly, said the mother-of-two would consider legal action if the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had leaked details of her benefits payments to the media.

The Sun reported that officials had ‘frozen’ part of Ms Kelly’s estimated £20,000-a-year welfare package after photographs emerged of her partying and drinking champagne during a holiday in Mallorca.

Employment and support allowance is paid to those who are unable to work through illness or disability.

Dee, who became a household name during the Channel 4 series filmed in Winson Green, Birmingham, has previously said she cannot work because of depression, and says her trip to Magaluf was paid for by a friend.

Her spokesman and agent Barry Tomes said he had notified the DWP of a change in Dee’s circumstances and was waiting to hear back from officials.

Accusing the DWP of being ‘inefficient and ineffective’ in failing to reply to his communications, Mr Tomes said: “They have called her in for no appointment whatsoever.

“Dee will be making no comment and I will not confirm or deny if her benefits have changed because that is a private matter.

“During the past few months there have been wild figures thrown about regarding income Ms Kelly has made.

“The last statement I sent to the benefits agency on behalf of Ms Kelly was on May 13.”

Mr Tomes, who began to represent Dee in February, added that she was prepared to meet representatives of the DWP whenever they wished.

 

Press Association