I’ve searched bags, and purses and coat pockets, and delved behind all the cushions on the settee, and finally had to accept that I can’t afford both vegetables and bread this week. We have run out of money. I’m a full time teacher and a single parent. Both my youngest have needed new coats this month, and one needed new shoes. That aside, here are some of the expenses I have had this month, which I wouldn’t have had if I were on benefits. Rent. Council tax. Prescription charges. Opticians. Childcare. School meals. Transport to work. Union fees. Smart clothes. Tights. Board markers. Nor would I have had to pay the full amount for gas, children’s sports or transport aside from work. I have been following the arguments on the “opinion” forum about child poverty. My children are living in poverty, because I work. They would not live in poverty if I refused to work, but what sort of example would that be setting them? Fortunately we have flour and yeast in the cupboard, and the children like homemade bread. They think I am getting up early in the morning to make bread, simply as a half term treat.