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Look after the pennies to give staff a proper pay rise

We can ‘lock in’ salary increases if colleges commit to streamlining to save cash

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Nothing demonstrates the financial difficulties of the sector better than the recent Tes report showing that fewer than two-thirds of colleges were budgeting for a financial surplus next year (“College finances improve after ‘period of stability’”, 2 June). And this was a good news story because it was so much better than in the previous year.

Times are hard, with funding rates falling in real terms. Sadly, this coincides with a similar fall in the living standards of our staff because we equate flat funding with flat pay packets. It is a recipe for low morale, instability and low productivity ...

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