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Teachers (Pay)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the estimated cost to local education authorities of implementing the award of the Clegg committee on teachers' pay if the recommendation were 13 per cent., 17 per cent., 20 per cent., 30 per cent. and 38 per cent., respectively.

:The pay settlements for primary, secondary and further education teachers in England and Wales, which included agreement to refer to the Standing Commision on pay comparability, provided for an immediate increase with effect from 1 April 1979 of 9·3 per cent. plus a payment "on account" of £6 per month.The annual cost of the basic increase of 9·3 per cent. at November 1978 prices is estimated to be £330 million, including increases in employers' superannuation and national insurance contributions. The additional cost, on the same price basis, of implementing the suggested percentage increases would be, over a full year:

Total suggested increase per centAdditional cost (over the cost of the basic increase)
£million
13130
17270
20380
30740
381,020
Any further increase resulting from the Standing Commission's recommendations will, in fact, become payable in two equal stages with effect from 1 January and 1 September 1980. The payment on account will be deducted from the first stage.