County Durham teaching assistants' contract decision to be revealed

It will be revealed this morning whether teaching assistants in County Durham have accepted a revised contract offer in a long-running dispute.

There have been a series of protests over plans to pay 2,700 teaching assistants for term-time only. Durham County Council says its offering increased compensation.

Having failed to reach an agreement following two consultation exercises, in May councillors had voted to dismiss and re-engage staff on a new contract from January 2017, with one year’s compensation for loss of earnings.

In an attempt to resolve the issue without the need for that process, councillors backed a move to increase the compensation offer, with revised terms from April 2017, and unions have balloted on whether to accept what is considered to be the best offer that can be achieved through negotiation.