Building’s Gloomwatch panel rates their mood on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the most unhappy. An average is the “Grimdex” forecast

Commenting on what party conference promises may mean for the future, panel member Markham Jones, owner of 1st Choice Property Services, said: “Anyone prepared to believe rhetoric of any party at this time is in cloud-cuckoo-land.”

That said, the Grimdex rating of 6 is a significant improvement on the July score of 7.