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Higher Education (Staff Pay)

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has estimated the likely cost to public funds of the proposed pay offer to higher education staff in each of the next three years; how much of the additional funding of this sector over the next three years the pay award will account for; and if he will make a statement. (81758)

Pay and conditions of service are subject to negotiations between the HE employers, their staff and their representative trade union bodies. The Government play no part in this. As such, determining the cost of the pay offer is a matter for individual institutions. Higher education receives funding from a variety of public and private sources. It is a matter for institutions, as autonomous bodies, to determine how they use the resources available to them. Public funding for 2008-09 and beyond will be determined through the comprehensive spending review.

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has included estimates of the pay offer on its website (http://www.ucea.ac.uk/). UCEA’s calculations estimate that the current pay offer will exceed the total additional income from variable fees, in steady state which we estimate will be £1.35 billion by 2010.