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NEGOTIATE TEACHERS' PAY LOCALLY SAYS LABOUR FRONTBENCHER

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Labour's shadow schools minister Peter Kilfoyle told BBC Northampton his party would ask individual local authoriti...
Labour's shadow schools minister Peter Kilfoyle told BBC Northampton his party would ask individual local authorities to negotiate pay awards with their teachers as a way of easing the schools' funding crisis.

He said local pay negotiations were the best way of preventing teachers losing their jobs and rejected the prime minister's suggestion that local authorities could find the money elsewhere in their budgets to fund the teachers' salary increase.

'Our solution would be based on local authorities and the schools themselves being able to negotiate with their employees, the teachers, as to what kind of pay rise could be afforded and would be paid', added Mr Kilfoyle.

But Ian Young, a deputy chairman of the Conservative group on Northamptonshire CC, said it should be trying to find the money from other parts of the council budget. He believed it pointless arguing about ways to get more from government.

Northamptonshire head teachers will have to make £3.6m savings to fund the pay rise.
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