When the Secretary of State asked the STRB to consider and make recommendations on adjustments to teachers’ pay and allowances from September 2017, she made it clear that schools would have to manage the cost of implementing any pay adjustments from within existing funds. The relevant unions continue to argue the need for an increase greater than the 1% constraint indicated by the treasury.
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The Chancellor’s 2016 autumn statement confirmed the government’s plans to reform the Intermediaries Legislation, commonly referred to as IR35, this April. There are new measures introduced to ensure those in direct receipt of public funds pay the correct level of tax and national insurance contributions.
The Apprenticeship Levy being implemented in April 2017 is intended to support the government’s plan to increase the number of apprenticeships in operation to three million by 2020. The levy is being introduced at the same time as a new funding model for apprenticeships.