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Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan struggling to get job

2015-02-02 16:44:14

Marie BuchanMarie Buchan and her eight children in one of the three bedrooms of her home in Selly Oak

Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan opened her heart to millions of TV viewers on This Morning today and said: "I am struggling to get a job because of my fame."

The 33-year-old, from Selly Oak, told how she was being forced to look for work following David Cameron's plans to reduce the benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000.

But Marie said some employers were now being put off employing her due to her new-found fame after a series of stories with the Birmingham Mail.

She said: "I am looking for a job. I have an appointment with the Jobcentre this week. But employers have been put off due to negative coverage I have received in the newspapers and TV."

On the show she hit out at Government plans to cut benefits further and said: "I would be lost if I had no state benefit, I would be completely lost."

Benefits Street star White Dee has waded into the debate, urging Marie to go out and "grasp getting a job with both hands." She added: "There should be people advising her and telling her there isn't anything to be nervous about.

"Being on benefits is nothing to be embarrassed about but it shouldn't mean you can't better yourself. She should grasp getting a job with both hands and say: 'This is me now.'"

But viewers criticised Marie on social media following her appearance on the popular TV show.

On This Morning's Facebook page Carol Edmunds said: "For those who seem to imagine she had no choice, 2000 cleaning jobs in her area. She still made excuses... I was on TV, they would not employ me... I was going for a job, but my kids started playing up."

Others took to Twitter to criticise the mum.

Gemma Bicknell tweeted: "This woman on benefits with 8 children did have a choice to work or not have that many children. FACT."

And Sheree Hamilton tweeted: "She doesn't want a job, she's smirking all the way through this interview!"

Marie BuchanMarie Buchan and her eight children in another one of the three bedrooms of her home in Selly Oak

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