CAR­ERS’ BOSSES ‘NEED TO BE MORE FLEX­I­BLE’

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TA­NIA Til­lyer was forced to give up her job as a so­cial worker af­ter her coun­cil em­ployer re­fused her re­quest to work flex­i­bly to care for her blind and quad­ri­plegic son Lee.

“I did my ab­so­lute best,” said Ta­nia, who was even­tu­ally signed off sick with ex­haus­tion and stress. “But it was phys­i­cally im­pos­si­ble for me to do those hours along­side my role as a mum, carer and wife.”

The mum of four, from Whit­tle­bury, Northants, with hus­band Bryan, 52, Lee and youngest son Kyle, 20, added: “The coun­cil fi­nally of­fered me a part-time role, but it turned out to be too lit­tle, too late. I wasn’t in any fit state to carry on.

“Lee needs care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He’s been to­tally un­able to do any­thing for him­self since he was brain dam­aged dur­ing re­sus­ci­ta­tion af­ter an ill­ness when he was just one year old.

“I stud­ied hard for my ca­reer, and with a bit of sup­port I could still be con­tribut­ing in the very im­por­tant area of child so­cial work and earn­ing a liv­ing. There’s no doubt em­ploy­ers need to be more flex­i­ble.”

Ta­nia Til­lyer with son Lee and hus­band Brian

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