Monmouthshire won’t fund teachers’ 1% rise

South Wales Argus: Monmouthshire won’t fund teachers’ 1% rise Monmouthshire won’t fund teachers’ 1% rise

MONMOUTHSHIRE councillors narrowly rejected a motion to pay the one per cent increase in teachers’ salaries.

Figures show Monmouthshire schools will have to find £166,214 to fund the one per cent increase in teachers’ salaries agreed by the Government. The highest include Monmouth Comprehensive, who will need to find £26,068, Caldicot Comprehensive £21,476 and Chepstow Comprehensive £16,740 and King Henry VIII Comprehensive £19,377.

Councillor Debby Blakebrough, member for Trellech United, put forward the motion for the council to fund the pay award for the seven month period from September 1, 2013 until March 31, 2014 due to the lack of time they gave schools to work this into their budget.

She said: “The pay award was fully funded in previous years. MCC knew in March it would effect the 2014/15 budget. This is halfway through their budget and they are having to find the money from other projects. This decision will effect the August results. It would mean the difference between a C and a D.”

Schools were told in September of the changes in the pay award. The motion was rejected at a full council meeting on January 16 with 22 votes to 19.

Cllr Blakebrough said: “This will affect staff morale and the children’s education and experiences. It confirms the Estyn criticism of this local authority and will bring major damage to our reputation. The Chief Executive attended a school budget forum and acknowledged MCC had failed in not communicating earlier in the year. It was a hands up moment.”

Cllr Liz Hacket Pain, member for schools and learning, confirmed the council was told in September of the changes in teachers’ pay.

She said: “In 2010 the school budget increased almost by £2 million. MCC has always had education as one of our priorities.

It would cost £120,000 to fund the pay award where is the money going to come from?”

Cllr Armand Watts, member for Thornwell, said: “What we seem to be doing is putting pressure on our schools again. Estyn will have us up on this again.”

An Estyn report carried out In November 2012, Estyn found the quality of local education services in Monmouthshire unsatisfactory. with unsatisfactory prospects for improvement.

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4:49pm Mon 20 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

how dare they ask for more! those scroungers. sucking at the nanny state's teat. sponging from the public purse. educating our children.

makes you sick!
how dare they ask for more! those scroungers. sucking at the nanny state's teat. sponging from the public purse. educating our children. makes you sick! whatintheworld

7:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Interesting to know what the current salaries are particulary in comparision with teachers in Newport.
Interesting to know what the current salaries are particulary in comparision with teachers in Newport. Limestonecowboy

7:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

"It would cost £120,000 to fund the pay award where is the money going to come from?”

Well, you could get rid of the chief executive - they're probably on at least that much a year.
"It would cost £120,000 to fund the pay award where is the money going to come from?” Well, you could get rid of the chief executive - they're probably on at least that much a year. GardenVarietyMushroom

8:02pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Harryhedghog says...

Austerity!!! The whole public sector should be made to take a 10% cut to pay, holidays, sick pay and copper bottomed pensions and make then retire at 67 like the rest of us, if this was done there would be no need to make any cuts to any services, if the economy does recover then these cuts could be reinstated at a later date, we are all in it together!
Austerity!!! The whole public sector should be made to take a 10% cut to pay, holidays, sick pay and copper bottomed pensions and make then retire at 67 like the rest of us, if this was done there would be no need to make any cuts to any services, if the economy does recover then these cuts could be reinstated at a later date, we are all in it together! Harryhedghog

8:29pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Welshman76 says...

Harryhedghog wrote:
Austerity!!! The whole public sector should be made to take a 10% cut to pay, holidays, sick pay and copper bottomed pensions and make then retire at 67 like the rest of us, if this was done there would be no need to make any cuts to any services, if the economy does recover then these cuts could be reinstated at a later date, we are all in it together!
Why should the public sector be punished for what the private sector did? Most public sector workers retire at the same age as everybody else and get the same amount of holidays. Of course it's the refuge collectors, street cleaners, nurses, dinner ladies etc fault we are in a mess. Most public sector workers haven't had a pay rise for years whereas bankers still get their mega salaries, perks and bonuses. Agree that some money is wasted and some public sector workers don't deserve to earn what they do but a lot of them work hard to earn their crust and without them, the country couldn't function as it does.
[quote][p][bold]Harryhedghog[/bold] wrote: Austerity!!! The whole public sector should be made to take a 10% cut to pay, holidays, sick pay and copper bottomed pensions and make then retire at 67 like the rest of us, if this was done there would be no need to make any cuts to any services, if the economy does recover then these cuts could be reinstated at a later date, we are all in it together![/p][/quote]Why should the public sector be punished for what the private sector did? Most public sector workers retire at the same age as everybody else and get the same amount of holidays. Of course it's the refuge collectors, street cleaners, nurses, dinner ladies etc fault we are in a mess. Most public sector workers haven't had a pay rise for years whereas bankers still get their mega salaries, perks and bonuses. Agree that some money is wasted and some public sector workers don't deserve to earn what they do but a lot of them work hard to earn their crust and without them, the country couldn't function as it does. Welshman76

10:43am Tue 21 Jan 14

On the inside says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
Interesting to know what the current salaries are particulary in comparision with teachers in Newport.
Try and keep up. Public sector pay grades are the same across all councils.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: Interesting to know what the current salaries are particulary in comparision with teachers in Newport.[/p][/quote]Try and keep up. Public sector pay grades are the same across all councils. On the inside

11:12am Tue 21 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Harryhedghog wrote:
Austerity!!! The whole public sector should be made to take a 10% cut to pay, holidays, sick pay and copper bottomed pensions and make then retire at 67 like the rest of us, if this was done there would be no need to make any cuts to any services, if the economy does recover then these cuts could be reinstated at a later date, we are all in it together!
Why argue that everyone be brought down to your level? Why not argue instead that everyone be elevated to the same conditions as the public sector?
[quote][p][bold]Harryhedghog[/bold] wrote: Austerity!!! The whole public sector should be made to take a 10% cut to pay, holidays, sick pay and copper bottomed pensions and make then retire at 67 like the rest of us, if this was done there would be no need to make any cuts to any services, if the economy does recover then these cuts could be reinstated at a later date, we are all in it together![/p][/quote]Why argue that everyone be brought down to your level? Why not argue instead that everyone be elevated to the same conditions as the public sector? GardenVarietyMushroom
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