A SHAMELESS mum-of-eight who rakes in £26,000-a-year in benefits is set to enjoy her first Christmas in a new four-bed housing association home, The Sun reports. Brazen Marie Buchan, 33, who is dubbed “Octo-mum” for her huge brood, will be able to sleep on her own for the first time since having her children.
“I will be spending Christmas in a new home with my children and it is wonderful. “It is the first time I have been able to have a bedroom to myself as I usually have to share with one of my children. “This new home is just great and is all I ever wanted – it is the perfect Christmas present.”
Marie, who appeared on Channel 5 show On Benefits Cashing In For Xmas, had her first children when she was 19. She lives with Tia, 12, Leah, 11, Latoya, nine, Joshua, eight, Alisha, six, Mikayla, four, Amelia, two, and one-year-old Olivia and has not ruled out having a ninth child. Her agent Barry Tomes, who also represents Benefits Street star Dee Kelly, added: “Marie moved to the property six months ago and it is her first Christmas there with the children.
“She has been on the list for a move for several years and her Christmas wish has finally come true. “There is so much more room for the children now. They are a happy family.” Marie’s £26,000 annual benefits package is made up of council tax, child benefit, child tax, income support and housing benefit of 50p a week. When she appeared on Channel 5’s Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole, Marie claimed she worked a 21-hour day looking after the children.
She admitted last Christmas to buying her seven girls and one boy dozens of presents each and racking up over £1,000 in debt. Despite this, she also bought herself a new puppy because she was feeling “broody”. Marie sparked outrage in 2013 for whinging that she could not live on £500-a-week benefits after David Cameron introduced the initial £26,000 benefits cap.
She had previously been scrounging a whopping £30,264-a-year in child tax credits and child benefits. She was forced to have a hysterectomy last year after doctors said her womb was in danger of collapsing, but claimed she might use a surrogate to get more children.
Marie last month started training to be a mechanic at Bournville College in Birmingham and Mr Tomes said Marie is currently in talks with ITV to film her as she set up her mechanic’s business.