A mother-of-eight, who collects £26,000 a year in benefits to support her large family, is being slammed after revealing she is looking to spend nearly £4,000 on a horse.
Marie Buchan, of Selly Oak, Birmingham, has decided to spend £500 to buy the new family pet, alongside £140 for delivery and £70 a week on food and stable costs, a total of £3,600 a year.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: ‘It’s like buying a car, what’s the difference?’
The former lap dancer, whose children are aged three to 15, added: ‘I’ve wanted one for a long, long time – since before I had the kids.
‘The haters are going to hate, I know they are. But I grew up around horses and now it’s time to have my own.’
Ms Buchan previously caused rage when she appeared on This Morning and said she preferred saving her care worker wages for a boob job rather than using it for her family, because ‘child tax credits and working tax credits pay for the kids’.
She quit her job in November, claiming she was financially worse off working following the introduction of the new benefits cap and cuts to her £31,000 benefits.
But the controversial 35-year-old is set to return to work part-time.
Earlier this year, Ms Buchan also completed a diploma in mechanics, but has so far been unable to pursue her dream job, claiming she has fallen prey to ‘sexism’.
Complaining that some men in garages are ‘dirty big perverts’, Ms Buchan previously said: ‘They’ll say things like, “What do you do when the kids aren’t around, would you fancy going for a drink, would there be anything else you’d like to do in the garage other than work on cars?”
‘You’ve got women in the police force, in the Army, we have the skills, it’s just that men see us as sex symbols.’