05/04/2013 16:25 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Jobless Single Mum Spends £2,500 On Her Girls' Christmas Gifts - Saved From Her Benefits

Jobless single mum spends £2.5k on her girls Christmas gifts - saved from her benefits Getty

This Christmas morning, two lucky little girls - Zelekah, two, and Zakirah, one - will be waking up to a mammoth delivery from Father Christmas.

Their mum, Leanna Broderick, 20, lists iPads, gold jewelery, and outfits from Burberry and Ralph Lauren among the gifts that her girls will find under their Christmas tree.

But the reality is it's neither Santa nor Leanna who has paid for the presents - because the jobless single mum will have met the £2,000 festive bill by saving the benefits she receives throughout the year.

Leanna, from Croydon, South London, plans to buy 20 presents for each of her children, funded by the (almost) £15,500 a year she receives in benefits.

In an interview with Closer magazine, the devoted young mum says she is better off on benefits and would not get a job unless she could continue to lavish her girls with designer outfits and holidays abroad.

The savvy saver reveals that last year she squirreled away £2,500 of her various benefits and bought her children 50 presents each, including designer outfits, dolls, DVDs and CDs.

"This year, I've saved £2,000 and they'll get 20 presents each, including iPads and a new Disney-themed bedroom to share, with designer wall art and bed linen," Leanna told the magazine.

The little girls' Christmas haul will also include gold earrings for Zelekah, who has her ears pierced.

Thrifty Leanna is also keeping back £300 to spend snapping up bargains in the January sales, and £150 for a New Year's Eve outing.

Leanna, who left school at 16 with no GCSEs, said she is not taking advantage of the system.

"I don't care if people get annoyed," she said, "I just choose to save – it's smart."

When Zelekah was eight months old Leanna had thought about taking a job as a carer, but then became pregnant with her second child.

Separated from the girls' dad, the family now live alone in a new two-bedroom council flat with a garden, the rent on which is met by her £111 weekly housing benefit. In total, Leanna claims £1,290 a month, but insists she is not 'one of those girls who gets pregnant for the benefits'.

"I didn't want to miss out on my kids' childhoods or have someone else raise them," she said, "Anyone who thinks people on benefits don't deserve nice things is talking rubbish. I work 24/7 as a mother.This way, taxpayers know I'm raising two well-brought-up kids."

Saving £250 a month to spend at Christmas shows she is 'really responsible', she added, but admitted this could be her last Christmas blow out because of the Governments benefit cuts.

"I'm not against the cuts, but only if the Government helps me find a job," she told Closer, "In the meantime, I'll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it."

Read the full story in this week's Closer