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Number of teachers asking for financial support from charity up 40% in a year, figures show | The Independent

Exclusive: Education staff falling into rent arrears or simply unable to afford transport to work amid plummeting recruitment levels and further uncertainty around public sector wages

Hundreds of teachers are being forced into begging a charity for cash handouts because they can no longer afford to pay housing and transport costs, The Independent can reveal.

Many are falling into rent arrears and are simply unable to afford to get to work, with the number of teachers applying for help from the UK’s main education support charity rising by 40 per cent in the past year, figures show.

Labour described the figures as “devastating”, while the Liberal Democrats said they showed teachers were being “abandoned” by the Government.

It comes as the number of new teachers joining the profession are plummeting amid stalling wages. Salaries for teaching staff in England are worth 12 per cent less in 2015 than they were in 2005.

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Sorgente: Number of teachers asking for financial support from charity up 40% in a year, figures show | The Independent

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