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Benefit-claiming mother of 8 wants more kids to get bigger council house

A mother of 8 from Birmingham says she wants more children so she can claim more benefits Photo: BPM Media

A mother of 8 from Birmingham says she wants more children so she can claim more benefits and get a bigger council house.

Marie Buchan says she will use a surrogate for the pregnancies because she cannot have more children naturally and ignored doctors advice to stop getting pregnant in order to have her eighth child.

The 32-year-old currently receives £2,200 a month in benefits Credit: BPM Media

The 32-year-old, who currently receives £2,200 a month in benefits, lives in a three-bedroom house in Selly Oak.

She told Closer magazine it is “her right” to have as many children as she wants.

I was devastated when doctors told me I couldn’t have more. I love being pregnant and surrounded by kids. I’ll get more benefits too - it’s easy to claim off the state. People might criticise me, but it’s my right to have as many children as I want."

– Marie Buchan

A spokesman from the Taxpayer's Alliance said: "People can’t expect the taxpayer to pick up the bill if they want to keep having children.”