Growing numbers of teachers are applying for grants from a charity and the majority are finding it harder to get by financially, as a result of three years of public sector pay squeeze.
Data from the Teacher Support Network shows that 80% of teachers found it harder to manage their finances last year than previously and the charity awarded £120,000 to teachers who couldn’t make ends meet, The Independent reports. That may represent just the tip of a financial iceberg, as applicants have to agree to debt counselling and then go through a stringent application process before receiving any support.
Last year 77 awards were made to teachers who couldn’t afford their own food or accommodation; previously the majority of grants were used to buy white goods like fridge freezers or washing machines after moving home.
Just over a quarter of grants went to supply teachers, who may have to wait for DBS checks to be completed before they can start work. 65% of grants awarded to them went towards essentials like food, accommodation, utility bills and clothes.
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