Schools: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th July 2020.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Minister (Education), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the number of schools who have submitted claims for reimbursement for exceptional costs associated with covid-19 for the period from March to July 2020.

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

The first opportunity for schools to submit a claim to be reimbursed for specific exceptional costs closed on 21 July. 14,075 schools had submitted a claim by time the claims window closed.

Schools are eligible to claim for costs incurred between March and July in respect of: increased premises related costs associated with keeping schools open over the Easter and summer half term holidays; support for free school meals for eligible children who are not in school, where schools are not using the national voucher scheme; and additional cleaning costs required due to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, over and above the cost of existing cleaning arrangements. Schools can claim up to a maximum amount that will depend on its size, and will be no more than £75,000 per school.

A further claims window will be available later this year, to cover any further eligible expenditure that schools have not yet claimed for.

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