Education: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 13th May 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with internet providers about ensuring online access is free to education services during the covid-19 lockdown.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

4G wireless routers will be provided to help disadvantaged children with a social worker in secondary school, and care leavers and Year 10s to access the internet.

The Government has also announced that the UK's major telecoms companies have committed to supporting vulnerable consumers by removing data caps for broadband services and treating fairly those who find it difficult to pay their bill.

We are currently in discussions with the major telecommunication providers to explore how they can further help us to support families without internet access.

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