This powerful post has been doing the right rounds in the last 24 hours:
We went through the Miners' Strike as a newly married couple, with a mortgage on a new house.
My husband went to the farmers' fields and pinched turnips to make me some chips for tea after my day's work in a primary school [so much for Teaching Assistants as a recent innovation, or as found only in special schools until recently]. Didn't even have any salt or vinegar. They were awful.
My nursery nurse pay paid the mortgage for each month, with £5 left to live on. We burnt shoes and slippers on our coke fire, as we didn't have any fuel.
We managed to live like this for a year, so I am well prepared to do it again. Been there once. Can do it again.
Durham County Council doesn't realise how many Teaching Assistants have this mining background [and that lack of realisation is quite staggering, when you think about it].
Bring it on. Been there, got the T-shirt. We will win.