Grocery shopping with young in tow must be a headache for many low and middle income families. Halloween merchandise is jostling for space alongside bonfire night and Christmas items for sale.
I recall last year that a Christmas saving scheme went bust and wonder how people will cope this year. My union Unite has analysed the impact of a two year pay freeze, inflation and other cost of living increases on the income of a teaching assistant. I was shocked to see the result - a real term cut of £1,806 over two years.