A mum-of-eight has defended her decision to jet off to Spain solo after the Christmas holidays – saying the government has “forgotten” those on benefits and she needs a “break”.
Marie Buchan, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, said she intends to spend Christmas with her children but will then fly to Alicante, where she’s been invited on holiday.
The 39-year-old said she needs a break from her children, who she has had to take care of for “most of the year” as schools were shut due to the pandemic.
She said the government has helped local businesses and people who have been furloughed, but claimed no help was given to single parents on benefits like herself.
“Government claimants like myself, a mum of eight, are forgotten.
The former lap-dancer “wants to get back to work” but claimed it’s been impossible for her to do so with the kids at home.
On top of that, her children, aged between six and 16, have been unable to attend online classes as they don’t have a laptop and she can’t afford one.
Defending her decision to travel in the new year, she told the news website: “There’s been no turning off and I know I’m going to get a lot of negative comments but I’m going to take it.
“We all need a break, it will be time off with restaurants and friends.”
Ms Buchan reportedly gets £500 in benefits every week to run her household.
The single mum is no stranger to controversy.
She previously said she applied for dozens of positions as a mechanic after gaining a Level 2 diploma in the field but gave up due to sexism in the industry.
She also sparked outrage when she appeared on This Morning and said life is better on benefits than in work.
Ms Buchan stirred even more controversy when she said she would spend her future wages on a boob job, which she ended up getting in Turkey for £2,500.
The 39-year-old Brummie also hit the headlines when she appeared on the show saying she intended to buy a £600 horse with the benefits she received.
The government in November announced a £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help struggling families and vulnerable people.
Funds will be accessible till March 31.