A mother has been forced to turn to food banks to feed her eight children – after seeing its benefits cut back.
Marie Buchan has opened up about the daily struggle she faces, just to put a meal on the table.
The 39-year-old claims her benefits have been cut by around £ 160 a week as her two oldest children are now over 16, It writes Birmingham Live.
Her children are 20, 18, 16, 15, 13, 11, 10 and eight.
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Reveals her difficulties, Marie said Birmingham live: “Two of my daughters are over 16 years old now, so I have had my benefits cut, such as child allowance and tax deductions.
“I’m worse around £ 160 a week now. It’s a struggle and I’m using food banks just to survive. I’m pretty much living on food banks at the moment.
“You have to do what you have to do to survive, and I’m so grateful I can turn to them. They’re a lifesaver for me and so many other people.”
Marie also fears that she will never find work because of the brand ‘octomum’ she has been given.
She added: “Unfortunately, I have been given the nickname octomum and it has stuck. It is definitely holding me back from getting a job.
“I have applied for a number of jobs. Employers seem eager at first, but when they realize who I am, I get rejected.
“I fear I will never be able to shake the octomum mark off.”
Last month, Marie revealed how she receives horrific online abuse from haters who tell her she’s an’s *** ‘and say they’ hope she dies’.
Marie said: “Some of the abuse I receive is just disgusting. They call me a parasite, like ***, and they ‘hope I die soon’. Others say I’m a ‘scrounger’ and I have had threats about men coming to pick me up and ‘teach me a lesson’.
“It can be hell at times. I do not know what people get out of being so awful, but they just have to get sick kicks.
“It’s sometimes very difficult to read, and it’s awful for the kids, too. When you feel low, it can really make you sink even lower.
“It has to stop. People do not understand the impact on someone who is in the spotlight. I have contacted the police before because of the threats.”
Marie lives in a housing association property in Birmingham. She is currently on unemployment benefits, but is looking for work and has been on several courses.
Back in January, Marie revealed that she had isolated herself at home with coronavirus when she became extremely ill and was hospitalized.
An ambulance was sent to her home and the mother was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was placed on a drip.
She told how she thought she was going to die when she coughed up blood and had coughing fits, but luckily got through.
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