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Teachers (Redundancy)

Volume 31: debated on Thursday 4 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what compensation is payable to advanced further education teachers who lose their posts by reason of redundancy.

Teachers aged 50 and over who are declared redundant qualify for a statutory redundancy payment in the normal way and for immediate payment of accrued superannuation benefits with enhancement of both the lump sum and the annual pension at the discretion of the employing authority. In addition, for the academic years 1982 to 1985 only, I propose to allow local education authorities and governors of voluntary and direct grant colleges in England and Wales discretion to offer improved redundancy terms to teachers in advanced further education and between the ages of 41 and 49. The discretion will not extend to teachers in other sectors or to non-teaching staff in advanced further education. The improved terms would provide for a maximum of two weeks' pay for each year of service up to 25 years, plus two weeks' pay for each year of age beyond 41, subject to an overall maximum of 66 weeks' pay.I shall be laying regulations before the House shortly to implement this proposal.