Concern after STRB is told to ensure pay rises are ‘affordable’

Despite Theresa May’s declaration that ‘austerity is over’, the education secretary's remit to the STRB seems to dash hopes of a significant rise in 2019. Pete Henshaw takes a look

The letter from education secretary Damian Hinds setting out the remit for the 2019/20 teachers’ pay award has been described as “very worrying”.

Sent to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the letter once again emphasises the need for caution in considering what pay increase teachers should get in September 2019.

This is despite the lifting of the one per cent public sector pay cap and prime minister Theresa May having announced last month that “austerity is over”.

In the letter, Mr Hinds asks Dr Patricia Rice, chair of the STRB, to report back by May 2019 with their pay recommendations.

He writes: “The government has adopted a more flexible approach to public sector pay, to address areas of skills shortages and in return for improvements to public sector productivity. However, in reaching your recommendations on the 2019/20 pay award, you will want to ensure they are affordable.”

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