I have had some albeit extremely piecemeal supply work in comparison to previous years this year. I was at a school today. The teacher I was covering for stated this I was the only supply teacher they had hired this year, as they simply cannot afford for people to take time off, go on course or have any other absence as they will risk going into serious debt if they hire us. I am told that this schools and others budgets are going to considerably slashed yet more next academic year. It is really scary what is happening in the world of supply teaching this academic year.