Education Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:04 pm on 14th July 2022.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee 12:04 pm, 14th July 2022

I thank the hon. Member. He is an incredibly hard working member of the Committee and is passionate about this issue. I am so grateful for his support. He is right—this is unforgivable. I am asking all the leadership candidates what they plan to do about educational poverty in all those disadvantaged cohorts who are underperforming in our education system. The answer, as he will know from our report, is that the levy should be changed to incentivise big business to hire apprentices and care leavers should be paid the national living wage. That would make a huge difference, given the disadvantage that those care leavers have faced.