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Graham Lane, chair of the Local Government Employers for Teachers, today said ...
Graham Lane, chair of the Local Government Employers for Teachers, today said

that the government is ignoring the financial position of local authorities.

'Once again, the government has failed to recognise the extreme difficulties

authorities will face with this increase in teachers' pay. The government allows

2.5% for pay increases. Authorities already have to pay for a 0.95% increase in

the cost of teachers' pensions. Local authorities and schools will face a shortfall of£380m in meeting the costs of the increase in salaries and pensions.

'Unless the government provides more money, schools will not be able to deal with

the increasing demands on them. The 5.7% increase allowed for by the

government cannot be stretched to meet all the demands that the government is

making on schools. It is unreasonable to expect council taxpayers, cuts in other

services or schools to pay for the government's decision.

'The National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) will be asking

Estelle Morris for a specific grant for authorities. Kenneth Clarke set a precedent

when he paid a specific grant in 1992.'

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