15 Chwefror 2019

Mae UCAC wedi ymateb i ymgynghoriad Llywodraeth San Steffan ar ariannu’r codiad yng nghyfaniad y cyflogwr i bensiynau athrawon.

Unwaith eto, mae Cymru wedi cael ei anghofio gan nad yw’r ymgynghoriad ar gyfer Lloegr yn unig er nad yw pensiynau athrawon wedi eu datganoli.

Yn ein hymateb mae UCAC yn nodi’r canlynol:

UCAC strongly asserts that Welsh Government should also receive appropriate funding to fund the increased employer contributions to teachers’ pensions. The consultation document states that the document is ‘about institutions in England only’ but it is important to remind ourselves that teachers’ pensions is not an element of a teachers’ conditions of service that has been devolved. To be clear: teachers’ pensions are a reserved matter.

There is a danger here of the Department making the same mistake that it made in its announcement on 24 July 20181, by failing to take into account the distribution of matters that are reserved in the field of education as opposed to those that are devolved, thereby neglecting to give consideration to schools and other educational institutions in Wales.

That decision was subsequently reversed by an announcement by the Secretary of State for Wales on 13 September2. In that statement, the Secretary of State emphasised “the UK Government’s commitment to the fair application of the rules underpinning the Welsh Government’s funding”.

Given that the governance of teachers’ pensions is not a devolved matter it is clearly the Treasury’s responsibility to ensure that Welsh Government receives appropriate funding to fund the increased employer contributions to teachers’ pensions. This is fundamental to ensuring that education institutions in Wales are treated in an equitable manner to education institutions in England.

Byddwn yn gwthio i sicrhau bod athrawon, arweinwyr a darlithwyr Cymru, sy’n rhan o’r cynllun pensiwn athrawon, yn cael tegwch ac y bydd setliad ariannol ar gyfer Cymru yn sicrhau bod arian sy’n ddyledus i Gymru yn dod i i Gymru.