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A jobless mother-of-eight says she has been forced to use food banks to feed her children after her benefits were cut.  

Marie Buchan’s child benefits and tax credits have been cut by around £160 per week because her two oldest children are now over the age of 16.

The 39-year-old, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, is known as ‘Octomum’ and ‘Britain’s welfare queen’ after boasting on reality TV how easy it was to milk the system.

A jobless mother-of-eight says she has been forced to use food banks to feed her children after her benefits were cut. Pictured with her children in 2021

A jobless mother-of-eight says she has been forced to use food banks to feed her children after her benefits were cut. Pictured with her children in 2021

A jobless mother-of-eight says she has been forced to use food banks to feed her children after her benefits were cut. Pictured with her children in 2021

Marie Buchan's child benefits and tax credits have been cut by around £160 per week because her two oldest children are now over the age of 16. Pictured with her children in 2015

Marie Buchan's child benefits and tax credits have been cut by around £160 per week because her two oldest children are now over the age of 16. Pictured with her children in 2015

Marie Buchan’s child benefits and tax credits have been cut by around £160 per week because her two oldest children are now over the age of 16. Pictured with her children in 2015

The 39-year-old, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, is known as 'Octomum' and 'Britain's welfare queen' after boasting on reality TV how easy it was to milk the system

The 39-year-old, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, is known as 'Octomum' and 'Britain's welfare queen' after boasting on reality TV how easy it was to milk the system

The 39-year-old, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, is known as ‘Octomum’ and ‘Britain’s welfare queen’ after boasting on reality TV how easy it was to milk the system

She said: ‘It is a huge struggle for me. Two of my daughters are over the age of 16 now so I have had my benefits, like child benefits and tax credit, cut.

‘I am around £160 per week worse off now. It is a struggle and I use food banks just to survive. I basically live on food banks at the moment.

‘You have to do what you have to do to survive and I am so grateful that I can turn to them. They are a lifesaver for me and so so many other people.’

Her children are 20, 18, 16, 15, 13, 11, 10 and eight.

Ms Buchan also says she fears she will never find work due to being given the nickname ‘octomum’.

She said: ‘Unfortunately I have been given the nickname octomum and that has stuck. It is definitely holding me back from getting a job.

‘I have applied for a number of jobs. Employers seem keen at first but when they realise who I am, I am rejected.

‘I fear I will never be able to shake the octomum tag off.’

Last month, Ms Buchan revealed how she receives horrendous online abuse from haters who tell her she is a ‘s***’ and say they ‘hope she dies’.

She said: ‘Some of the abuse I receive is just vile. They call me a parasite, a s*** and they ‘hope I die soon’. 

‘Others say I’m a ‘scrounger’ and I’ve had threats of men coming to get me and ‘teach me a lesson’.

Ms Buchan also says she fears she will never find work due to being given the nickname 'octomum'

Ms Buchan also says she fears she will never find work due to being given the nickname 'octomum'

Ms Buchan also says she fears she will never find work due to being given the nickname ‘octomum’

In January, Ms Buchan revealed she had been isolating at home with coronavirus when she became extremely ill and was hospitalised

In January, Ms Buchan revealed she had been isolating at home with coronavirus when she became extremely ill and was hospitalised

In January, Ms Buchan revealed she had been isolating at home with coronavirus when she became extremely ill and was hospitalised

‘It can be hell at times. I don’t know what people get out of being so horrible but they must just get sick kicks.

‘It is very hard at times to read that stuff and horrible for the children as well. When you are feeling low it can really make you sink even lower.

‘It has got to stop. People don’t understand the impact on someone who is in the limelight. I have contacted the police before due to the threats.’ 

Ms Buchan lives in a housing association property. She is currently on benefits but is looking for work and has been on several courses.

In January, Ms Buchan revealed she had been isolating at home with coronavirus when she became extremely ill and was hospitalised.

An ambulance was sent to her home and she was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was placed on a drip. 

Ms Buchan told how she thought she was going to die as she coughed up blood and suffered coughing fits but survived.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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