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star this property date less than 2020-03-17more like thismore than 2020-03-17
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Insurance: Coronavirus more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) representatives of the insurance industry on compensation for businesses affected by the outbreak of covid 19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-30more like thismore than 2020-03-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is well prepared for this type of outbreak. The Department is frequently communicating with business representative organisations, including the Association of British Insurers, to gain current intelligence on Covid-19 and its impact on businesses.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are currently working together to take all necessary steps to understand the effect of Covid-19 and to respond.</p><p> </p><p>Last week, the Government confirmed that for those businesses which do have a policy that covers pandemics, the Government’s action is sufficient and will allow businesses to make an insurance claim against their policy.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2020-03-30T08:18:49.47Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-30T08:18:49.47Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Thangam Debbonaire more like this
1185676
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star this property date less than 2020-03-17more like thismore than 2020-03-17
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Treasury more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Insurance: Coronavirus more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the insurance industry on compensating (a) hospitality, (b) events and (c) entertainment businesses for lost business resulting from the outbreak of covid 19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-23more like thismore than 2020-03-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is in continual dialogue with the insurance sector about its contribution to handling this unprecedented situation.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Chancellor has made clear that, for those businesses which have an appropriate policy that covers pandemics, government’s medical advice of 16th March is sufficient to allow businesses to make a claim against their insurance, provided the other terms and conditions in their policy are met.</p><p> </p><p>The FCA’s rules require insurers to handle claims fairly and promptly; provide reasonable guidance to help a policyholder make a claim, and appropriate information on its progress; not reject a claim unreasonably; and settle claims promptly once settlement terms are agreed.</p><p> </p><p>However, most businesses have not purchased insurance that covers pandemic related losses. As such, any affected businesses should note the government’s full package of support.</p><p> </p><p>The Chancellor has announced two packages to support the people and businesses of the UK. A three-point plan providing £12 billion of support for public services, individuals and businesses whose finances are affected by the outbreak, and a package to provide further support for businesses and individuals totalling £350bn.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 30731 more like this
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less than 2020-03-23T14:00:45.14Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-23T14:00:45.14Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Thangam Debbonaire more like this
1185835
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star this property date less than 2020-03-17more like thismore than 2020-03-17
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Performing Arts: Coronavirus more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will introduce a compensation scheme for performers, events organisers and others affected by the cancellation of performances and festivals as a result of covid-19 pandemic. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
star this property uin 30865 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-25more like thismore than 2020-03-25
unstar this property answer text <p>Last week, the Secretary of State and Minister for Digital and Culture took calls with the creative and cultural sectors amongst others to understand the challenges that they are facing. Officials are continuing to engage with organisations daily in order to best understand how Government can support the cultural and creative sectors and regular Ministerial engagement is taking place.</p><p> </p><p>Arts Council England also announced measures in support of it’s funded organisations last week. More information for those this may apply to can be found here: <a href="https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19#section-2" target="_blank">https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19#section-2</a></p><p> </p><p>Businesses that experience increased costs and disrupted cash flow as a result of Coronavirus are being supported. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has already announced a host of measures to help businesses in this period with £330bn worth of government backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses across the UK, delivered through two schemes:</p><ul><li><p>Support for liquidity amongst large firms, with a major new scheme being launched by the Bank of England to help them with any disruption to their cash flows through loans.</p></li><li><p>Increasing the amount businesses can borrow through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £1.2m to £5m and ensuring businesses can access the first 6 months of that finance interest free, as the Government will cover the first 6 months of interest payments.</p></li></ul><p>£20bn of direct fiscal support for businesses in England through tax relief and cash grants to help business manage cash flow. This includes:</p><ul><li><p>Cash grants of up to £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000.</p></li><li><p>Cash grants of £10,000 for several hundred thousand small businesses eligible for business rate relief and rural rate relief.</p></li><li><p>Entirely removing all eligible properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector from business rates, so that no pub, hotel, or high street shop will pay business rates for 12 months.</p></li><li><p>This comes on top of compensation for businesses having to cover Statutory Sick Pay that the Chancellor announced in the Budget.</p></li></ul><p> </p><p>As part of the government’s emergency legislation measures, Statutory Sick Pay will be available from day one for those affected by coronavirus. Anyone on zero-hour contracts who may not be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay will be able to claim Universal Credit or New Style Employment and Support Allowance, dependent on their circumstances.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2020-03-25T11:09:16.74Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-25T11:09:16.74Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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1185838
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star this property date less than 2020-03-17more like thismore than 2020-03-17
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Arts: Coronavirus more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the exemption from business rates to ensure that waiver covers studios, performance spaces and other venues which are part of the creative industries even if they have a rateable value of more than £51,000 if they have to be closed as a result of Covid 19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
star this property uin 30868 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-25more like thismore than 2020-03-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced last week additional measures to support businesses and organisations that have been impacted by the pandemic. Guidance for businesses can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses</a></p><p>Last week, both the Secretary of State and Minister for Digital &amp; Culture took calls with the cultural and creative industries sector amongst others to understand the challenges that they are facing as they respond to Government advice regarding Covid-19. Ministers have been representing DCMS sectors through COBRA committees.</p><p>Officials are continuing to engage with organisations daily in order to best understand how the Government can provide further guidance and support following the announcement of these measures, and regular Ministerial engagement is taking place.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2020-03-25T11:08:17.71Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-25T11:08:17.71Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Thangam Debbonaire more like this
1185842
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star this property date less than 2020-03-17more like thismore than 2020-03-17
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Arts: Coronavirus more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he is having with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of temporary financial assistance for organisations in the creative industries who are affected by covid-19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-24more like thismore than 2020-03-24
unstar this property answer text <p>Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced additional measures to support businesses and organisations that have been impacted by the pandemic.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>This includes the Government stepping in to help pay people’s wages – a scheme which is one of the most generous of any in the world – paying grants to support as many jobs as necessary. Any employer in the country who promises to retain their staff, can apply for a grant to cover most of the cost of paying people’s wages. Government grants will cover 80 per cent of the salary of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 a month, with this limit set well above the median income. The cost of wages will be backdated to 1st March and will be open for at least three months. The Government will consider extending the scheme for longer if necessary.</p><p> </p><p>We are also deferring the next three months of VAT, a direct injection of £33 billion of cash to employers which means no business will pay any VAT in March, April or May; and they will have until the end of the financial year to repay those bills.</p><p> </p><p>The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will now be interest free for twelve months, an extension from the initial announcement of six months. We have already introduced and announced an extension to the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which is for small and medium-sized businesses. On Tuesday, the Chancellor expanded the amount that can be borrowed from £1.2 million to £5 million.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2020-03-24T09:46:42.513Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-24T09:46:42.513Z
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4008
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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1185480
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star this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Supermarkets: Coronavirus more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure supermarkets do not run out of food as a result of the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
star this property uin 30140 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-23more like thismore than 2020-03-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has well-established ways of working with the food industry during disruption to supply situations. Our retailers already have highly resilient supply chains and they are working around the clock to ensure people have the food and products they need. Industry is adapting quickly to any changes in demands, and food supply into and across the UK is resilient.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State is in regular dialogue with industry, including the British Retail Consortium and supermarket chief executives to discuss any additional support the Government can provide. To help supermarkets respond to this unprecedented demand we have already introduced new measures to keep food supply flowing. We have issued guidance to local authorities to allow extended delivery hours to supermarkets so that shelves can be filled up quicker, and we have implemented extensions to drivers’ hours.</p><p> </p><p>We fully recognise the additional pressures on our food supply chain as a result of recent events. The UK’s major supermarkets have last weekend issued a statement to encourage everyone to shop as they normally would and pull together to support those staying at home.</p><p> </p><p>We will continue to work closely with the industry over the coming days and months.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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less than 2020-03-23T15:49:40.867Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-23T15:49:40.867Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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1185481
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star this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Coronavirus: Pharmacy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure pharmacies do not run out of medical supplies as a result of the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
star this property uin 30141 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-24more like thismore than 2020-03-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The country is well prepared to deal with any impacts of COVID-19 and we have stockpiles of generic drugs in the event of any supply issues.</p><p>We are working closely with industry, the National Health Service and others in the supply chain to help ensure patients can access the medicines they need. Precautions are in place to reduce the likelihood of future shortages.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Churchill more like this
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less than 2020-03-24T15:40:14.437Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-24T15:40:14.437Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Churchill more like this
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1185482
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star this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Coronavirus: Compensation more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that event organisers that have been required to cancel their event due to the covid-19 outbreak will receive compensation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-26more like thismore than 2020-03-26
unstar this property answer text <p>Government recognises that multiple aspects of the events sector are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including event organisers, conference centres and event suppliers.</p><p>We are taking a number of steps to make sure that the events sector is financially supported through the coronavirus crisis. My Department regularly engages with stakeholders in the sector and across Government on this developing issue. We will continue to monitor its impact on the sector and would urge events businesses to share information with VisitBritain via their Tourism Industry Emergency Response group.</p><p>The Chancellor has announced unprecedented support for business and workers to protect them against the current economic emergency. This includes a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, tax relief and cash grant measures, plus £330bn worth of government backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses across the UK. I am also writing to the Chancellor to provide clarity guidance for the events sector on business rate relief.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Mid Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Nigel Huddleston more like this
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less than 2020-03-26T14:41:41.88Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-26T14:41:41.88Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nigel Huddleston more like this
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1185486
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star this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Schools: Coronavirus more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide Statutory Sick Pay to (a) teachers and (b) other staff supplied to schools by agencies in the event that schools close as a result of covid-19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
star this property uin 30144 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-24more like thismore than 2020-03-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is asking all schools to close from Friday 20 March until further notice, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.</p><p>Schools will continue to be fully funded. That will ensure that they are able to continue to pay all their staff, and meet their other regular financial commitments, throughout these difficult times.</p><p>The Government has announced changes to statutory sick pay to support those affected by coronavirus. Details can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19</a>.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
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less than 2020-03-24T16:08:36.193Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-24T16:08:36.193Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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1185487
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star this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Schools: Coronavirus more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools have the funds and access to supplies to ensure continuous provision of soap, gel and other hygiene materials required to respond to the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-24more like thismore than 2020-03-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department understands the sector’s concerns about the additional cost pressures associated with COVID-19, especially following our announcement on 18 March, about schools only remaining open to make provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.</p><p>The Department recognises that schools may face additional costs as a result of COVID-19. We are working with other Government departments and public sector buying organisations with the aim of prioritising schools. All schools will continue to receive core funding payments as normal, and we will put in place a new process to reimburse schools for exceptional costs that they face as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.</p><p>The Department will discuss how best to deliver this funding with stakeholders over the next few days. We will publish details of the scheme shortly and we trust that this will give head teachers the reassurances they need to enable them to concentrate on their vital role in supporting the nation through this crisis.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 30740 more like this
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less than 2020-03-24T16:07:21.267Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-24T16:07:21.267Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Thangam Debbonaire more like this