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Following the closure of the GMB ballot on 24 October 2023, confirmation from the Local Government Association was received on the afternoon of 1 November 2023 that the pay award for local government services (those employees on ‘Green Book’) has been reached.

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The Government has at last published its long awaited response following the consultation on reforms to retained EU employment law and the consultation on calculating holiday entitlement for part-year and irregular hours workers; many people know this as the consultation following the Harpur v Brazel judgement.

In July 2023, following the announcement of the 6.5% teacher pay award, the DfE announced that it would be providing additional funding of up to £40 million as further support to schools in particular financial difficulty.

The DfE has published the outcome of the valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and it has been confirmed there is a need to increase the employer contribution rate by 5% from April 2024.

The 2023 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) has now been published. This is statutory guidance for LA maintained schools in England, although many academies and multi-academy trusts also comply with it.

The DfE recently announced that there had been an error in the calculation of the National Funding Formula (NFF) rates for 2024/25. 

The Government announced on 13 July 2023, that teachers will be awarded a 6.5% pay award with effect from September 2023, and to advisory points, with higher increases to parts of the Main Pay Range to reach a minimum starting salary of £30,000 outside London, with slight variations to the London pay ranges.

An uplift to the UIFSM per-meal rate has been announced. The rate will increase from £2.41 to £2.53 from the start of the 2023/24 academic year. 

The long awaited draft Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 has finally been published. 

The deadline for the budget forecast return (BFR) has been confirmed as 31st August 2023.

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