Cabinet approve funding to support shortfall in teacher’s pay award
Posted on : 14 Jan 2021
Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet have agreed to provide financial support to our schools following an average teacher’s pay increase in September 2020 of 3.1%, which is a 1.1% increase above the level of uplift allowed for within the Authority’s approved 2020-21 Budget.
An in year grant from Welsh Government does not fund this cost in full therefore the shortfall of £286k will be funded from the in-year projected underspend within Miscellaneous Finance budgets.
On 29th July 2020, Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education announced that subject to consultation with key stakeholders that she agreed in principle to accept all the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body’s recommendations for teachers pay in 2020-21. On 14th October the Minster announced that there would be an uplift of pay “to reward our highly skilled and hardworking teachers across Wales”.
In recognition that teachers pay costs are a significant element of schools and Local Authorities budgets, it was further announced that additional funding of £5.538m in support of this cost would be made available by Welsh Government through the payment of an in-year grant. This includes £3.981m for nursey age pupils through to year 11 and £1.556m for post16 learning.
Cllr Ross Whiting, Cabinet Member for Learning and Achievement commented, “I am thankful to all teachers who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. You have all diversified and worked extremely hard under difficult circumstances, this reward is truly well deserved.”