Swansea Council considers parking charges for teachers

The BBC reports that each school would be able to decide whether to introduce the charges, which would increase depending on a member of staff’s pay. Any money raised would stay in the school’s own budget.

Swansea Council said no decision had been made but the cabinet was aware of the “strength and depth of feeling about this proposal”.

Council staff working in the Guildhall and the civic centre in the city already pay for parking on a similar system.

Teaching unions say they are opposed to the plans, which they say would detrimentally affect their members but point out that it illustrates the tight budgets all schools have to deal with.

It was put forward for consultation in December but each school would be able to decide for itself and hold onto any money raised.

A Swansea Council spokesman said it faced making more than £20m savings due to ongoing austerity. “The proposal made it clear all money raised would be kept by individual schools and charges would be on a sliding scale dependant on income to protect lower paid staff.”

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