Voice comments on Spending Review 2015

Date: 25.11.15
Voice welcomes announcement of consultation on school funding but expresses concern about the lack of real investment in education and childcare.

 


25 November 2015

Voice comments on Spending Review 2015

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents teachers, lecturers, headteachers, and education support, nursery and childcare staff – has welcomed the announcement of a consultation on school funding but expressed concern about the lack of real investment in education and childcare in the 2015 Spending Review (25 November 2015).

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We look forward to receiving further details of what has been announced today in order to understand what this really means for education and childcare.

“Voice welcomes the much-needed consultation on school funding.

“We have been urging the Department for Education to address school funding as a matter of urgent necessity.  

“However, we remain concerned that schools are not receiving increased funding to match their increasing costs.

 “While the news for education is better than expected, both schools and further education colleges are facing additional costs because of increases to employers’ National Insurance contributions, pensions, salaries (including incremental progression) and general inflation.

“Many FE colleges are already under considerable financial pressure and are increasing class sizes, cutting provision and reducing staffing levels in order to address budget shortfalls, resulting in restructures, redundancies and mergers.

“Colleges are also struggling to recruit the additional mathematics teachers needed now that students who achieve below a grade C at GCSE are required to continue their study of maths post-16.

“I am disappointed by the Government’s lack of long-term vision for childcare. The funding announced today is welcome, as is the capital investment to expand the number of places, but where is the investment in the workforce? Places need professionals.

“As our recent survey demonstrated, nursery staff are trained professionals who require ongoing training and professional development and deserve a proper career and salary structure.

“Without these, the risk of a recruitment and retention crisis, at a time of increasing and more lucrative employment in other sectors, is greater and will present significant problems for the Government’s planned programme of expansion.” 

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Further information (HM Treasury and DfE)

Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

Department for Education's settlement

Review of  childcare costs

Early education entitlement: cost for childcare providers


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Contacts:

Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk

General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Email: deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Tel: 01332 372337