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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, has welcomed the announcement by Northern Ireland Education Minister Peter Weir of the Covid-19 Income Support Scheme for Substitute Teachers. 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 current lockdown.
 
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“This Scheme provides much needed relief for substitute teachers. The NASUWT commends the Minister and Department for acting swiftly to put this scheme in place. The scheme is identical to that which ran during the April to June period.
 
“Thousands of substitute teachers have lost out on the opportunity to work through the current lockdown.
 
“The hard reality is that schools simply could not function without these teachers. The NASUWT will continue to fight for our substitute teacher members, ensuring that the interests of day-to-day substitute teachers 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:
 
“It is important to acknowledge when the Minister and Department get things right. Putting this scheme in place sends an important signal that substitute teacher’s concerns are being listened to.

“It is important that eligible substitute teachers act quickly to apply for the scheme which will be open for applications from 22 to 29 January 2021 with payments expected in March 2021.”

 

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