English Language: Education

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of amending his Department's expanded retail relief guidance for 2020-21 to enable further support for English Language schools.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

My Department published guidance on the expanded retail discount on 25 March 2020. The guidance states that eligible properties are those wholly or mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues; those used by visiting members of the public for assembly and leisure; or hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation. It is for local authorities to decide, having regard to the guidance, whether English language schools fall within these categories. The Government has no plans to amend the guidance.

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