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The NASUWT has written to the Chancellor to express concern about the negative impact for supply teachers of changes to tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses.
A new provision added into the Finance Bill earlier this year specifies that any worker providing services through an employment intermediary, such as an employment agency, can longer claim tax relief for travelling or subsistence.
Given that figures from a recent NASUWT supply teachers’ survey showed 73% of teachers working for supply agencies do so as it is their only route to obtaining work, this change has the potential to impact on the overwhelming majority of supply teachers.
NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said, “This is yet another blow for a group of teachers who are already exploited and undervalued despite providing a vital service to schools. It is nothing short of scandalous.”
In a recent NASUWT survey of almost 1,000 supply teacher members, nearly two-thirds said they are not paid at a level that recognised their experience. At a time when the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention caused by government policy continues to deepen, supply teachers are much-needed by schools.
Ms Keates added, “These changes will mean supply teachers find themselves even worse-off financially and deprived even further of the level of pay to which they should be entitled. For an increasing number of teachers, supply teaching is their final attempt to hold on to the profession which they love and this is how they are rewarded.”
The NASUWT has already provided extensive evidence to ministers on the appalling treatment of supply teachers and lobbied vigorously for change. This is now another issue to add to the list of unacceptable practices government has yet to address.