Teacher pay and conditions to be devolved to Wales

4 Nov 16

Powers to set pay and conditions for teachers in Wales are to be devolved to the Welsh Assembly under plans published by UK government ministers.

Wales Office minister Lord Bourne said the powers would be added to the Wales Bill, which has already set out plans to give the principality a funding guarantee and a devolved portion of income tax.

The amendments tabled by Lord Bourne will be debated by the House of Lords on Monday 7 November.

Wales secretary Alun Cairns said the powers to set teacher pay and conditions were the first of a series of changes to be made following discussions with Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones and others.

“Education is a devolved matter and it makes sense for the assembly and Welsh ministers to decide the pay and conditions of teachers in Wales. Devolving teachers’ pay is a key priority for the Welsh Government,” Cairns said.

“I want a clear and lasting devolution settlement that works for Wales and for the UK as a whole. I am happy to consider devolving further powers to the assembly and the Welsh Government where there’s a clear purpose for doing so.”

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