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Toni Dean

Toni Dean

Toni is a working mother, grandmother, Ruskin student, trade unionist and Labour Party activist.

  • Toni Dean tells Age Immaterial her story…
    When will it change? I am now 53; I had four children between 1983 and 2000.  My eldest daughter is now 30, my twin sons are just reaching 21 and my youngest son is fast approaching 13. It’s not been easy; I have tried everything to support my family; working unsociable hours for low-paid work, part-time work, child minders, and nurseries and later, where available, after-school care.  There has never been a satisfactory outcome; it has been a continual plate spinning exercise, having to choose what support option to take up dependent on the type of work I chose. In the end it was just about getting through day by day, dealing with the here and now, muddling along just to try to generate some secondary income as we were a large family. But often the costs of childcare negated the little I managed to earn. I feel I have compromised my options in terms of work and have limited my choices due to my inability to build up work experience over time.

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    Posted on March 10th, 2013 by Toni Dean filed under: Blog, Work