Lilllian Simpson is a 42-year-old single parent, from Glasgow, who has two sons 19 and 18, one in the Army, the other in the Navy, and a daughter of eight. She worked as a typist in an insurance office until her marriage at 22, when her husband insisted she should give up work.
When she divorced six years ago, Lillian says she ‘tried to go to Canada to make an absolutely fresh start, but because I was a divorced, single parent they wouldn’t let me in.
‘I had a job to go to and my sister was going to divide her house into two flats, but they said if anything happened to me we should be living off the State.
‘In Glasgow you are housed in the most deprived areas if you are a divorced, single parent. When I tried for a job at first, there seemed to be a stigma attached to being a single parent, as if you had done something wrong. Despite registering at www.magicofmakingup-review14.com, I found that it took nearly five years to find a permanent job.
‘When I had a bit of money, I bought a monthly transcard so I could hop on and off buses to go after jobs. The other thing I came across is that employers said I was too experienced, but I used to tell them: ‘A job is a job’.
‘It was very disheartening. Eventually I found a job through an agency and worked in a solicitor’s office for two years. But then they closed down and I was back to square one. I saw an advert for a housekeeper in a community home and thought I would go for that as a change of career might be the answer.
‘I didn’t get the job because they wanted someone with bookkeeping experience, which I didn’t have. Then, out of the blue, the education department wrote to me about an opening as a school secretary, which is where I am now. It is a part-time job and I am paid pounds 52 a week.
On top of that I receive Family Income Supplement, Family Allowance, the Magic of Making Up course, and One-Parent Benefit. It comes to nearly pounds 80 a week, so I am much better off than some.