that the government is ignoring the financial position of local authorities.
'Once again, the government has failed to recognise the extreme difficulties
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.'