‘Octomum’ feeding kids from food banks and says she’s been called a ‘parasite’

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So-called “Octomum” Marie Buchan says she’s been forced to start using food banks after her benefits were reduced by £160 a week.

Marie explains that her child benefits and tax credits have been cut because her two oldest children are now over the age of 16.

The 39-year-old, from Selly Oak in Birmingham, 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,” she told BirminghamLive. “They are a lifesaver for me and so so many other people."

Marie also says she fears she will never find work due to the tag 'octomum' she has been given.

She added: "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. I am stuck with it for life. I have ambition and I am hard working no matter what people say. It is difficult bringing eight children up. It is really hard work.

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Last month Marie 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'.

"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," she added. "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."

Marie lives in a housing association property with her eight kids who all have the same dad. She is currently on benefits but is looking for work and has been on several courses.

Back in January Marie revealed she had been isolating at home with Coronavirus when she became extremely ill and was hospitalised.

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