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AMA EMERGENCY DEBATE ON TEACHERS' PAY

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Metropolitan district and London borough local education authorities representatives will tomorrow decide the Assoc...
Metropolitan district and London borough local education authorities representatives will tomorrow decide the Association of Metropolitan Authorities' response to the consultation on the teachers' pay award.

They will also discuss whether or not to take up an invitation from education secretary Gillian Shephard to meet her over the issue.

In a paper prepared for the association, AMA education officer Alan Parker says:

'Although the teachers' pay increase is very reasonable in the light of the difficult and demanding work which teachers undertake and pay inflation, the fact remains that this is the second successive teachers' pay settlement which has not been funded by the government.

'This cavalier approach to affordability by the School Teachers Review Body calls into question its own existence. Local authorities clearly find themselves in an impossible position in that pay increases can be dictated by a government quango that can ignore the financial restraints put on local government by central government.'

Mr Parker will also remind the committee that in the past, chancellor Kenneth Clarke has been far less opposed to finding extra money for teachers' pay than he seems to be at the moment. He is recalling Mr Clarke's ability as education secretary to find the additional £60m required to fund the pay increase in 1992.

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