Supply Teachers Furlough Campaign
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31st October for those employers with a UK bank account who were operating PAYE on 19th March 2020.
The Scheme enables employers to continue to furlough employees, including supply teachers working for employment businesses or umbrella companies. The employer receives a grant to cover 80% of an employee’s usual wage, or £2,500, whichever is lower, provided the employee was employed on 19th March and on the PAYE payroll on or before 19th March 2020.
Whilst this remains in place, the Government has introduced a number of key changes to the way in which the Scheme operates which may have a detrimental impact on the number of supply teachers being helped through furlough and the associated financial impact associated with the loss of earnings, specifically the reference to increased employer contributions.
The NASUWT has written to the Secretary of State for Education asking that consideration is given to supply teachers continuing to receive further financial support going forward.
The NASUWT is asking you to show your solidarity by sending a letter to your MP. We have drafted a template letter for you to use, which you can send via the Union's Contact Your MP service below.
Some starter text
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I currently work as a supply teacher in <<ADD THE NAME OF YOUR COUNTY/CONSTITUENCY>>. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was fortunate enough to be put on furlough by my agency/umbrella company <<DELETE AS APPROPRIATE>> under the Job Retention Scheme, which has provided me with some level of income during the pandemic.
However, I wish to express my concerns at the changes announced to the extended Job Retention Scheme from 1st July, including the increased employer costs, the impact this will have on my ability to access furlough in the coming months, and the associated loss of income at a time when there is little opportunity to undertake work in <<ADD THE NAME OF YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY>>.
<<I AM A
- YOUNG SUPPLY TEACHER ALREADY STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH STUDENT DEBT
- A SUPPLY TEACHER WITH A FAMILY TO SUPPORT
- A SUPPLY TEACHER FACING UNCERTAINTY AND EXPLOITATION
- OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES>>
The level of demand for supply teachers to undertake work will take a significant amount of time to return, so there is need for the Government to continue to provide financial support during this time.
Supply teaching is a highly demanding, highly challenging and highly rewarding job, as we have a vital role in educating the future citizens of the country. Supply teachers deserve equal rights at work and to be guaranteed the same right to find permanent employment as all other teachers.
Please confirm that you support and will press for revisions to the extended Job Retention Scheme for supply teachers in England and Wales.
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