The NUT’s parliamentary work aims to develop effective working relationships with members of both Houses of Parliament from all parties. We seek to influence government policy, parliamentary debate and legislation on education issues as well as those which impact on teachers and children more generally.
The NUT regularly submits written evidence and gives oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries as well as briefing MPs and Peers.
Party Political Conferences 2014
The NUT were at the Green, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Party Conferences this autumn where we launched “Stand Up for Education” our manifesto for the 2015 General Election.
The Transparency of Lobbying, Non Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 received Royal Assent and became law on 30 January 2014.
The Electoral Commission, the body which regulates political funding and spending, have published guidance on the rules that govern people and organisations campaigning in the run up to elections.
The new rules came into force on 19 September 2014.
The Queen’s Speech on 4 June 2014, set out the Government’s proposed legislative programme for the year ahead. The NUT shall be following these Bills as they proceed through Parliament:
Childcare Payments Bill
The Bill introduces a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs.
The Bill includes provisions on school behaviour policies, school term dates and statutory guidance on staffing matters. The Union’s briefing on the Bill can be found here.
Pension Schemes Bill
Makes provision about pension schemes, including provision designed to encourage arrangements that offer people different levels of certainty in retirement or that involve different ways of sharing or pooling risk.
Social Action, Heroism and Responsibility Bill
This Bill makes provision as to matters to which a court must have regard in determining a claim in negligence or breach of statutory duty. NUT Assistant General Secretary, Amanda Brown gave evidence to the Bill Committee on 4 September.
Taxation of Pensions Bill
The Bill makes provision in connection with the taxation of pensions.
The Bill devolves some tax and borrowing powers to the National Assembly of Wales and the Welsh Government.
Private Members Bills
Private Members Bills are introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. A minority of PMBs become law by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly. The NUT shall be following the passage of the below bills:
Low Pay Commission (National Minimum Wage) Bill
Zero Hours Contracts Bill
International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill
Employment Rights Bill
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (Statutory Requirement) Bill
School Admissions Bill
Education Select Committee
Academies and Free Schools
NUT oral evidence – Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary (14 October 2014)
NUT oral evidence – Emma Hardy, Primary teacher and Vice-President of East Riding NUT (24 June 2014)
NUT written evidence – December 2013
Inquiry on Great Teachers – follow up
NUT written submission and NUT further written submission – July 2013
NUT oral evidence – Anne Swift, NUT Executive member and head teacher (17 July 2013)
Inquiry into School partnerships and cooperation
NUT written submission (May 2013)
Inquiry into Ofsted Annual Report 2011-2012
NUT written submission (February 2013)
Inquiry into the Role of School Governing Bodies
NUT written submission (December 2012)
Inquiry into Sure Start Children’s Centres
NUT written submission (December 2012)
Inquiry into Careers guidance for young people: the impact of the new duty on schools
NUT written submission (October 2012)
Early Day Motions (EDMs)
The NUT is promoting the following EDMs:
UK Girl Summit (tabled 17.07.14)
Children and the Countryside (tabled 10.07.14)
International Development Spending Target (tabled 08.07.14)
Conservative Party Proposals to Change the Law on Industrial Action (tabled 07.07.14)
Local Government and School Support Workers’ Pay (tabled 03.07.14)
Educating Children across the World (tabled 25.06.14)
Closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) (tabled 17.06.14)
Reductions in Skills Funding Agency Staffing (tabled 12.06.14)
Dangerous Parking Outside Schools (tabled 11.06.14)
Treatment of Palestinian Children (tabled 05.06.14)
National School Sport Week 2014 (tabled 05.06.14)
Vocational Qualifications Day 2014 (tabled 04.06.14)
For further information about the NUT’s work in Westminster or for advice about how to lobby your MP locally, please contact the Union’s Parliamentary Officer Chris Brown on 0207 380 4712 or firstname.lastname@example.org