Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Pensions and Prospective Academies

Local schools are being prevented from becoming academies by Northumberland County Council's decision to impose massive local government pension scheme payments on prospective schools.
No other County in the country does this.
In addition schools who are academies are struggling with the burdens the NCC are placing upon them.
Yesterday in the House of Commons I again raised this matter
Later I met with Micheal Gove, the Secretary of State, to make the case that this is wrong. It is very clear to me that this is a situation that is totally inequitable.
There is no reason why an academy should be treated differently from other schools in the County.