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Schools support pay body scrapped

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A recently created negotiating body for schools support staff is to be abolished, the government has announced.

A Department for Education spokesman said the work of the School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) did “not fit well with the Government’s priorities for greater deregulation of the pay and conditions”.

Unions have warned that the decision could cost councils millions of pounds.

The former government set up the body in 2009 and its members had just started to examine the terms and conditions of schools support when the election bought in a new government and put its future in the balance.

The SSSNB was featured on the government’s list of quangos under threat, but ministers did not make a decision in time for inclusion in the list of abolished bodies published last month.

Earlier this month, GMB national secretary Brian Strutton warned that councils could face equal pay back-pay claims up to £750m because the existence of the SSSNB had led some to not include schools support staff in single status work.

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