teachers lose out again in latest pay round
inner London enhancement despite W4 being the fourth most expensive
place to live in the capital
a minority of Chiswick’s Teachers will qualify for special pay deal
announced by the Government yesterday. The inflation pegged pay
rise of 2.9%, recommended by the independent School Teachers Review
Body, was awarded to all teachers in the outer London and "fringe"
areas of the South East. However, there is a special pay deal for
Inner London teachers, with an overall rise of 4% presented as an
incentive for them to remain in inner London schools.
Since Chiswick straddles two boroughs there will be unfortunate
discrepancies in our local teacher’s pay rises. The Government has
deemed Ealing to be an Inner London Borough and so teachers there
will be awarded the extra incentive, however, Hounslow is deemed
to be an Outer London Borough and therefore teachers will only qualify
for the 2.9% rise.
Dunford, leader of the Secondary Heads Association said "This
settlement will do nothing for schools in areas of high housing
cost, especially in outer London and the South East, where the problems
are chronic." The rises in inner London were "welcome,
Chiswick was a London borough in its own right, it would be the
fourth most expensive place to live in the capital. Chiswick property
is more than twice as expensive than some boroughs that received
the inner London allowance. Most areas within the North Circular
receive qualify and many parts of London well outside are deemed
to be inner London in this instance.
cost of home (£)
Data from Land Registry
(post code area)
latest scheme is aimed at tackling the problem of good teachers
being tempted to leave London because their standard of living could
be much higher in other parts of the country. However, it fails
to tackle a more local issue of house prices in the Chiswick area.
The teacher’s unions have expressed their dissension. They believe
that the new scheme will lead to real dissension and contradictions
between one school and another and that strike action is being reconsidered.
The Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, said: "We are serious
about raising standards in London schools. This pay award provides
significant pay rises for all London teachers. London's pupils deserve
high standards and our schools need to attract and retain senior
and talented teachers.” He added that the separate pay scale for
London marked "a prudent first step" towards localised
pay - something the government is keen to see.
Graham Lane, education chairman of the Local Government Association
said boroughs faced a multi-million pound budget shortfall in spite
of the proposed "cushioning" grant. "The changes
for pay in inner London are as bizarre as the criteria for allocating
additional grant across London," he said. "Any potential
recruitment and retention problems are not restricted to inner London.
This solution will create rather than solve problems."
Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing,
Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington,
Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Southwark,
Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster
Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Enfield, Harrow, Haringey, Hillingdon,
Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Redbridge, Richmond
upon Thames, Sutton, Waltham Forest
February 7, 2003
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