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Early Day Motion in Parliament

Discussion in 'Education news' started by nearmiss, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    For those contributors who have been following the continued saga of increasing privatisation of schools and the casualisation of the teaching workforce, you might want to contact your MP about this EDM that has just been tabled.
    Nothing will happen unless you urge your MP to consider this. The figures speak for themselves. Instead of paying the salaries of agency bosses and driving supply teachers' pay down by encouraging hundreds of agencies to compete with one another, there must be be public accountability.
    http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/613
    The more MPs who sign up to this EDM, the more likely it is to lead to an enquiry. It's your tax money. It's in your interests that it goes into schools and not into private companies.
     
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Done.

    I would advise anyone thinking of training as a teacher to take a long, hard look at trends in the teaching workforce (while many of us are professional in attitude and execution, we are no longer members of a profession) and consider whether the expense & effort of QTS and their NQT year will prove to be good investments.
     
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  3. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    I agree with the sentiment.
    Unfortunately I do not have an MP.
     
  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Will my Scottish MP be able to vote on this or has EVEL not hit yet?
     
  5. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    This is for members of the Houses of Commons not the Welsh Assembly or the Scottish Parliament. It is not relevant to N. Ireland, as there are no agencies in operation there, however all UK members can support the EDM.
    If your MP is Conservative or in the Cabinet, you might not get much joy, however, you can ask them to comment on the Chancellor's 2014 Autumn statement concerning umbrella payroll companies for agency workers. He pledged to limit their use. What has been done about this? Ask your MP. It's a right we have. Use it or lose it.
    SisyphusRA, howcome you don't have an MP?
     
  6. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    Because he died recently and there hasn't been a by election yet.
     
  7. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    His Parliamentary office will still deal with correspondence from constituents.
     
  8. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    I have written to my MP but he cannot sign the EDM because he is a conservative party private secretary, cabinet members and parliamentary whips cannot sign either.
     
  9. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    From your starting post:
    The more MPs who sign up to this EDM, the more likely it is to lead to an enquiry.

    Can his parliamentary office take some action that may affect the outcome?
     
  10. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    Sisyphus RA, It needs to be a matter of record that this is what a constituent wants.
    Snowyhead, my MP can't sign either for the same reason.
    The only reason this motion came to be tabled is because the Green member is not bound by any party whip so is at liberty to campaign on issues that other parties are avoiding.
    That being said, Ian Mearns (Lab) tabled a similar EDM last year under the coalition but some of the original signatories lost their seats at the last election so it's had to start all over again.
     
  11. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    It needs to be a matter of record that this is what a constituent wants.

    I think this is where your faith in the political system and mine diverge.

    That being said, Ian Mearns (Lab) tabled a similar EDM last year under the coalition but some of the original signatories lost their seats at the last election so it's had to start all over again.

    But wasn't there a record of what their constituents wanted?
     
  12. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    However, Snowyhead, your MP, like mine can't swerve answering a question about the section in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement of December 2014, entitled "Tax Avoidance" about supply teachers being given no choice by agencies but to use Umbrella Companies and thereby becoming complicit with them in avoiding paying tax and potentially committing the offence of false declaration of self-employment. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-george-osbornes-autumn-statement-2014-speech
    Large amounts of tax are unpaid by agency teachers as a result. Supply teachers are requesting that agencies pay them through their own UK based PAYE payroll. What is his view on this? Has the Chancellor made any further progress in limiting the use of umbrella companies?
     
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  13. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    I know that this is a tiny drop in the ocean, Sisyphus, but then MPs can't worm their way out of it by saying they had not been briefed.
    What they choose to prioritise is up to them and this is not a vote winner so it will stay low on the agenda. However, the amount of money being lost from the public purse is a matter of concern to many.
    In the mean time, we'll have to wait until another supply teacher gets stabbed before anyone remembers that we exist. Me? Faith? That ship has long since sailed. But like your namesake, I keep rollin' on up that hill in the mood of existential absurdity.
     
  14. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

  15. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    I haven't a clue, I'm afraid. How about the local party HQ? I'd write to the office of the late member c/o the Houses of Parliament anyway. There must be someone who handles his mail. "Local man lobbies dead MP" Is his successor after the by-election likely to be from the same party? If not prospective candidates will be promising free British-reared unicorns for everyone right now. Go for them all.
     
  16. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    Candidates have not been announced yet.

    I doubt the outcome will be anything other than Labour.
    A year ago I might have said that UKIP stood a chance but not now.
     
  17. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Yes. My question was about my MP not my MSP.
     
  18. SocialistTeach

    SocialistTeach New commenter

    Just written to my MP - thanks for bringing this to my attention.
     

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