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Pay delay for up to 1,800 teachers in Plymouth

About 1,800 teachers in Plymouth have had their salary payments delayed.

The money had been due to go into their bank accounts earlier but Plymouth City Council said they would not now be paid until Wednesday 27 July.

The council said it was a "hugely regrettable situation" and it had been in touch with schools affected.

It said it would investigate how the delay had happened through an "internal audit" of its payroll system.

'Emergency payments'

Barry Keel, the council's chief executive, said: "This is a hugely regrettable situation, especially at the start of the school holidays and we apologise for any problems this causes.

"We are doing everything we can to resolve the problem and make sure people get paid as soon as possible.

"We have set up a special phone line for any teachers with inquiries and have set up systems so that emergency payments can be made if necessary."

Louise Buist, a teacher at Penny Cross Primary School, said: "It's really going to be a bit of a pain... all my direct debits, including rent, go out on the 26th of the month.

"I've had to contact the bank to change them."

She said it "couldn't have come at a worse time" for teachers who have just broken up for the summer. "We're due to go on holiday in August.

"If we were due to go on holiday today or tomorrow it would have been a whole different story, it would be a lot more difficult."

Staff at academy schools and non-teaching staff at schools have not been affected by the delay.

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