A mum on benefits has been slammed on Twitter after appearing on This Morning to discuss her plans to buy a horse.
Marie Buchan, from Selly Oak in Birmingham, is mum to eight children between the ages of three and fifteen, and reportedly claims somewhere in the region of £26,000 a year in benefits.
Currently out of work due to depression, Marie expressed that she was ‘desperate’ to return to employment, and is currently training to be a mechanic – she could be due to start a new job as early as next week.
But it was the claim that she wanted to buy a horse, a venture that is valued at roughly £3,400 a year, to help her mental health, that riled viewers up the wrong way.
She complained that many people had been born ‘with a silver spoon in their mouths’ – but host Eamonn Holmes argued that ‘other people will say they are working … they may say you are sucking their spoon.’
And just as he suggested, many viewers took to Twitter to express their shock at Marie’s use of the money.
One man wrote: ‘Too many greedy people! Stop giving them cash benefits! Instead give food/drink vouchers, gas/electric vouchers etc.’
Another said: ’26k is obviously way too much for her if she’s got money to spare buying a horse Is something us WORKERS can only dream of.’
‘She needs to get off her ass and get a job like all the rest of the hard working people – things like this get me so angry,’ said a third.
This isn’t the first time Marie has appeared on This Morning to discuss her controversial spending choices.
Though she claims money toward the horse would come from saving up money she had earned during a brief stint as a carer, back in January she appeared on the show to claim she was saving for a boob job.
‘Child tax credits and working tax credits pay for the kids,’ she said at the time.
However, when probed by Eamonn during her most recent appearance about her previous plans for surgery, she said that she’d changed her mind, because a horse would have a more positive impact on her and her family.