Education Settings: Wider Opening

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:46 pm on 9th June 2020.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow 1:46 pm, 9th June 2020

Sadly, Tower Hamlets has seen the fourth-highest age-adjusted death rate in the country and the Government’s own report shows that black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are at greater risk, with Bangladeshis twice as likely to face death because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parents are caught in a dilemma of survival versus education, because they do not have confidence in what the Government have done so far on school opening. Will the Secretary of State publish a risk assessment, area by area, so that there is transparency, with parents able to feel more confident that the Government actually have a proper plan, and that there is action to provide free school meals in some of the poorest communities in our country?