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Voice comments on STRB's 20th report

General Secretary Philip Parkin said: "While it is right that the small number of teachers earning £21,000 or less should receive the £250, it is grossly unfair that the larger number of support staff on £21,000 or less will not, because they do not have a pay review body to recommend it and because the local government employers rejected government policy.

"This is not the fault of the STRB but of the Government.

"Our support staff members will feel let down by the Chancellor who, in his 2010 Budget, promised that 'those earning £21,000 or less, who will receive an increase of at least £250' - not 'should' but 'will'.

"In his written evidence to the STRB, the Education Secretary said that 'the Government will look to the Pay Review Bodies to provide recommendations on uplifts'. The arguments put forward by DfE to the STRB in respect of the lowest paid unqualified teachers were equally applicable to support staff. It is a scandal that those hard-working, essential staff should be deprived of this payment through the lack of a review body. It was the Government that abolished the new School Support Staff Negotiating Body.

"In terms of leadership pay, the STRB's recommendations are sensible and provide a clear structure in which the pay of school leaders can be determined, enabling governing bodies to have proper control and oversight of the full package of remuneration available to school leaders."

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School Teachers' Review Body's 20th report
www.education.gov.uk

Joint union evidence to the STRB
www.voicetheunion.org.uk

Correspondence between Voice General Secretary and Education Secretary
www.blog.voicetheunion.org.uk

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