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WAQ78010 (e) Tabled on 14/03/2019

Will the Minister confirm whether the total cost of the teacher / support staff pay award will be met by the Welsh Government's teacher incentive grant in its entirety?

Answered by Minister for Education Answered on 20/03/2019

To clarify, the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) is the main vehicle for the funding of the pay of teachers and support staff in maintained schools.

 

The pay award for teachers announced by the Department for Education last September was fully funded, following Welsh Government securing additional funding of £23.5m from HM Treasury.

 

We have directed all of the £23.5m to fund the school teachers’ pay award for the academic year ending summer 2019.  For the financial year 2018-19, £8.7 million has been made available via specific grants to local authorities, as it was too late to include in the RSG.  £13.7 million has been transferred into the RSG for (financial year) 2019-20 to fund the increase in teachers’ pay in maintained schools from nursery to Year 11, and the remaining £1.1 million will continue to be delivered outside the settlement, as a specific grant, for teachers in school sixth forms. In addition, the final budget contained £15m across financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 to support costs associated with teachers pay and will be provided in the form of a specific grant for both years.

 

Teaching support staff pay is agreed, along with other local government staff pay, as part of an England and Wales settlement. For 2018-19 and 2019-20, local authorities had been planning for at least a 1% increase in the pay bill and further funding was included in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 settlements, to cover the additional costs implications of the latest pay deal.

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