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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, has today welcomed the announcement of the Covid-19 Income Support Scheme for Substitute Teachers in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the scheme is to provide financial support to substitute teachers who no longer have access to work as a result of the Covid-19 crisis during April to June 2020.​
 
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“This Scheme provides much needed relief for substitute teachers who have waited for two months since the NASUWT first proposed it to the Department of Education.
 
“Thousands of substitute teachers have lost out on the opportunity to work through the school closures which began from mid-March.

“The hard reality is that schools simply could not function without these teachers. The NASUWT will continue to fight for our substitute teacher members and will ensuring the interests of day-to-day subs are protected between now and the eventual phased reopening of schools beyond the provision for key workers and vulnerable children.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“Substitute teachers and their families are in crisis at the moment and many have told us that they cannot pay their bills, heat their homes or feed their families. Over the past two months they have watched as other workers in the private sector, the self-employed and local government workers been granted furlough payments while they had to wait desperately for this news.
 
“Throughout this time the NASUWT were in daily contact with the Department of Education and the Education Authority in relation to this and we thank those officials who made sure that this scheme was brought to fruition.

“This decision was the right decision and the NASUWT rightly commends the Executive and Minister of Education for making it but suggests that in future that decisions like this are made with more haste.”
 

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