NEU and other teaching unions agree to ‘intensive talks’ with government in hope of ending strikes – live

Hopes for a breakthrough on teacher strikes as Dominic Raab says offer also on the table for junior doctors

The government has yet to explain how the pay rise for health workers announced yesterday will be funded.

Rachel Harrison, national secretary of the GMB, told the Today programme this morning that the union was assured that the funding for the 5% pay rise agreed for 2023-24 would not come from the existing health budget. She said this was a condition set by the GMB and some of the other unions. She explained:

I think the expectation will be the budget is set, it provides enough resource, but of course with all of these things, and particularly with something as fluid as the strikes, the opportunity to make sure we get that right is there.

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