Hello, I'm not even sure if this is the right place to put this but I'm literally running out of ideas. I completed my NQT year across 2 schools while on supply - 2 terms at the first school, and 1 at the second. I then got a temporary, 1 year contract at a school so I should be able to apply for my Golden Hello payment. When I originally tried to apply the LA did not want to pay it out as I had completed my induction in another authority (or two!) and obviously did not understand the rules with regards to claiming it, so dismissed it as not being their problem. Having contacted the TDA they agreed that as this was my first contracted position it was definitely my current employing local authority who should pay it. By that time my school was in the process of becoming an academy. They also said this has caused issues in other LA's as they were not sure about academies, but that as far as they (the TDA) were concerned, it should be paid by my LA. Now the school have done that and are willing to submit it, their payroll is no longer under local authority control and therefore the local authority again disagree that it should go through them, but the final page of the application asks for local authority signatures to access the money. I know you only get 12 months to claim it and mine will be up in July, leaving me unable to claim the money that is owed to me. I have jumped through every hoop they have asked and I am feeling very frustrated that I seem to have to be doing all of the legwork to try and make it happen, where no-one else has a clue or wants to help. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.