Ok, so I may be stuck on scale 4 and have a severely limited progression potential (pending appeal) but as of 1st August I'm earning £1500 more and have 32 (count them!) days of annual leave! That'll do very nicely for now - and by the time I get stuck at the top of the scale I'll probably want to move on anyway. If we do win the appeal I'll go up another £1000 or so, and if not I'm still happy. What a satisfying end to a very short working week.
I'm on holiday! Let the baking commence.