Magazine article Public Finance

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Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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Teachers are to receive a 2.5% pay rise for the next two years in line with review body recommendations, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has confirmed. In addition, teaching and learning responsibility payments will also rise by 2.5% in September 2006 and in 2007. Kelly said she believed the pay award was a fair one. '!also believe it to be fair in terms of the relationship between teachers' pay and that of others in the labour market. This settlement will form the backdrop to our plans to continue to improve the way teachers work.'

The Treasury select committee chair has accused the government and Office of Fair Trading of 'passing the buck' on charges for cash machine withdrawals. More than twothirds of all cash machines not located at banks now charge. Following an inquiry by the committee, its chair John McFall said the government should be engaging in 'a serious and systematic analysis' of the impact of the charges, particularly in poor areas. Current trends suggested that even more machines would convert to fee-charging, said McFall, potentially exacerbating financial exclusion.

Routine strip-searching of children in prison should be stopped and the use of physical force on such inmates severely restricted, an independent inguiry has urged. Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile, who led the investigation by the Howard League for Penal Reform, said he had been 'shocked' by the treatment of under-18s in young offenders institutions and local authority centres. His report, published on February 17, also warned that some staff could be working at youth detention centres 'for dubious reasons'. …

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