Last Christmas I took a maternity cover post. It was in a primary school for a year contact. It was on a low rate - £120 a day, but the agency told me that AWR would kick in and I would be paid the going rate - I am M6. I liked the school so it seemed worth taking. However the 12 week period happened to fall during lockdown. I was lucky enough to still be paid, so didn't want to make a fuss. In July the Head asked me to stay for a full year which I agreed to thinking it would be at AWR rate. I contacted the agency about AWR rate and it was confirmed that I would be paid this in September - £175 a day. Wow! I was very happy. Today the head approached me to say that the school has just been told about my pay increase. She was very nice but said the school can't afford it and they may have to cut my hours to 3.5 days a week. I felt really guilty and agreed I could work for less than £175 if the agency would also lose some of their profit and pay me more. I think the agency have put me in a really difficult situation. I have contacted the agency to complain but no doubt they will ignore it. Just feel so upset about this. I am a single mother with a disabled daughter so really need all the money. Should I just continue to work for the low amount? Should I cut to 3.5 days and sign on with other agencies to try and pick up the other day? Should I be glad to be working at all? Any advice/comments would be very welcome.