Mum of eight claim­ing £30,000 a year for her brood forks out £2,500 for boob job in Turkey

The Mail on Sunday - - Tina Weaver - By Clau­dia Joseph

SHE’S the sin­gle mother with eight chil­dren who be­came known as Bri­tain’s ‘ wel­fare queen’ af­ter boast­ing on a re­al­ity TV show how easy it was to milk the sys­tem.

Now ‘Oc­to­mum’ Marie Buchan – who claims £30,000 a year in ben­e­fits – is sure to spark fur­ther out­rage by fork­ing out thou­sands of pounds on a boob job.

The surgery to boost her bust from 34B to 36DD will cost £2,500.

Ms Buchan, who nar­rowly es­caped evic­tion af­ter run­ning up £4,000 in rent ar­rears, is fly­ing to Is­tan­bul on Jan­uary 6 and will have the op­er­a­tion there the next day.

She will then spend three nights in a ho­tel, paid for by the clinic, and fly back to Bri­tain on the 11th.

Ms Buchan, 36, who lives in a four-bed­room hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion prop­erty in Selly Oak, Birm­ing­ham, says she raised the money by work­ing as a care as­sis­tant and me­chanic, and hold­ing car boot sales.

She re­mains el­i­gi­ble for all her ben­e­fits as she works less than 16 hours a week.

Last night she re­mained de­fi­ant, say­ing: ‘I know the trolls will start hav­ing a go at me, but I’m do­ing this for me and me alone so that I feel more con­fi­dent.

‘I do not drink or smoke. I don’t go out club­bing. I have been sav­ing for two and a half years from my jobs and boot fairs to raise this money. None of it is be­ing paid for out of my ben­e­fits. By go­ing abroad, I have halved the cost.’

Ms Buchan, who has pre­vi­ously had Bo­tox and surgery to cre­ate a ‘de­signer’ vag­ina, rose to fame four years ago on Chan­nel 5’s Ben­e­fits Bri­tain: Life On The Dole, which billed her as the woman who was ‘ad­dicted to get­ting preg­nant’.

By then the re­la­tion­ship with her for­mer part­ner Cliff, father of her eight chil­dren, had buck­led un­der the strain. He now sees his chil­dren Tia, 16, Leah, 15, La­toya, 13, Joshua, 12, Alisha, ten, Mikayla, eight, Amelia, six, and four-year-old Olivia at week­ends and sum­mer hol­i­days.

As a sin­gle mother, Ms Buchan claims hand­outs of £578 a week – £101 a week child ben­e­fit, £435 a week tax cred­its and £42 a week em­ploy­ment and sup­port al­lowance.

In an in­ter­view for a mag­a­zine she ad­mit­ted: ‘I adored the at­ten­tion I got when I was ex­pect­ing and, as I started hav­ing more chil­dren, my ben­e­fits went up, which made it eas­ier to have a good life­style.’

She later sug­gested she was plan­ning to use a sur­ro­gate to have more chil­dren – and in­crease her ben­e­fits – be­cause af­ter eight chil- dren in 13 years she had been forced to have a hys­terec­tomy.

She ad­mit­ted life on ben­e­fits was ‘easy’, say­ing she could af­ford to treat her­self and the chil­dren. ‘I have more than enough money to pay the bills and feed the kids.

‘I am con­stantly buy­ing clothes for my­self and I like to make sure the kids have nice clothes. I treat them to take­aways weekly and they have all got com­puter tablets apart from the youngest.’

Three years ago, the for­mer lap dancer trained as a car me­chanic, but quit t he pro­fes­sion af­ter en­coun­ter­ing ‘ sex­ism’. Now she works a few hours a day on the min­i­mum wage as a care as­sis­tant, sup­ple­ment­ing her i ncome by or­gan­is­ing car boot sales.

A source said: ‘Marie has been talk­ing about hav­ing a breast en­hance­ment for two years, but it was go­ing to cost £5,000 in the UK.

‘She paid her £500 de­posit in Jan­uary and has to pay the bal­ance of £2,000 in cash on the day she ar­rives at the hos­pi­tal in Turkey.’

John O’Con­nell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance, said last night: ‘If Ms Buchan has in­deed used her salary for this op­er­a­tion, then this is not a prob­lem.

‘ But if some of the in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous ben­e­fits pro­vided to her have been used, then tax­pay­ers will be deeply alarmed.’

‘I’VE SAVED UP’: Marie Buchan with her fam­ily of eight chil­dren. She is hav­ing surgery to go from a 34B to a 36DD

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