Mum-of-eight Marie Buchan plans to present her kids the perfect Christmas she will regardless of saying the Authorities has failed single mother and father (Image: BPM Media/Barry Tomes/Marie Buchan)
An octomum is planning a vacation in Spain after in yr during which she claims single mother and father have been ‘forgotten’ by the Authorities.
Marie Buchan defended the journey on the grounds she wants a break after the stress of taking care of her kids at residence through the coronavirus pandemic.
The 39-year-old, from Birmingham, plans to present her household ‘the perfect Christmas that I can’ earlier than jetting to Alicante.
‘The lockdown has affected everybody,’ she stated.
‘Individuals are shedding their jobs however the place they’ve been placed on furlough the Authorities is paying 80% of their wages.
‘Authorities claimants like myself, a mum of eight, are forgotten.
‘The youngsters have been at residence for many of the yr as a result of the faculties and faculties have had coronavirus outbreaks or been closed.
‘We haven’t acquired a laptop computer at residence to entry lessons on-line, we are able to’t afford one with out getting in debt, the assistance just isn’t there.
Marie pictured searching a Christmas market (Image: Marie Buchan/Barry Tomes)
She says she has struggled to satisfy rising prices and the calls for of home-schooling through the pandemic (Image: Marie Buchan/Barry Tomes)
‘You must present in your kids however we’ve had no enhance in any respect to assist us with meals, journey and heating, we’ve had nothing in any respect.
‘Individuals would possibly say I’m a Authorities claimant sponging off the state however I’m wondering how a lot assist these folks have had?
‘Did they take the 80% by the furlough, or did they are saying no?
‘It’s been an enormous battle. Retailers which have shut down have had assist, we’ve had no assist in any respect.’
Marie claims advantages totalling round £500 every week, serving to her run a family for her kids aged between six and 16.
Marie at residence along with her eight kids in Birmingham (Image: BPM Media)
She has beforehand stated sexism has held her again from pursuing a profession as a mechanic after gaining a Stage 2 diploma within the commerce.
The previous lap-dancer additionally advised This Morning that life was higher on advantages than working. She then got here below hearth for spending £2,500 on breast augmentation surgery at a non-public clinic in Turkey.
The Brummie stated: ‘The price of meals and payments goes up on a regular basis, every part from meals to electrical energy.
‘I ought to be again in school however with the youngsters at residence due to Covid I haven’t been in a position to return.
‘I additionally wish to return to work, however proper now, the place do you flip?’
However Marie stated she will probably be taking the week-long vacation within the new yr, which she views as a much-needed break.
‘I’m hoping and praying that I can provide the youngsters the perfect Christmas that I can,’ she advised Metro.co.uk.
Marie along with her Christmas tree at residence in Birmingham (Image: Marie Buchan/Barry Tomes)
‘After that I’ve been invited to go to Spain, no children, simply me.
‘There’s been no turning off and I do know I’m going to get numerous unfavorable feedback however I’m going to take it.
‘All of us want a break, it will likely be day without work with eating places and pals.
‘Each mom wants a break sooner or later.’
Marie will first spend the festive season along with her kids as they abide by Birmingham’s tier three restrictions at their four-bedroom housing affiliation property in Selly Oak.
‘It’s simply me and the youngsters, we’re going to keep protected,’ she stated.
‘I’ve had 4 assessments they usually’ve all been unfavorable. I’m going to deal with a unfavorable as a optimistic.’
In November, the Authorities introduced a spread of help for youngsters, households and essentially the most susceptible over winter.
The package deal features a £170 million Covid-19 Winter Grant Scheme, increasing a vacation actions and meals programme and an increase in ‘wholesome begin’ funds from April.
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