Schools: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what payments have been made to schools in (a) Sefton, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West from the covid-19 exceptional costs fund; and when schools that have applied for that funding will receive a decision on their application.

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

The first window for schools to claim funding back for exceptional costs due to COVID-19 closed on 21 July. The following payments against claims within the published scope of the fund have been arranged for schools in the named areas for those costs incurred between March to July 2020:

Paid in September 2020

To be paid in November 2020

Total

Sefton1

£289,962

£491,796

£781,758

Merseyside2

£2,133,315

£2,953,468

£5,086,783

North West3

£7,763,083

£8,738,090

£16,501,173

Schools also made claims for costs outside of the published scope of the fund and an assessment is currently being undertaken to determine which of these other costs can be reimbursed. We expect to write to schools in November to confirm the outcome of that assessment.

1 Schools in the Sefton local authority area.

2 Schools in the Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton local authority areas.

3 Schools in the government office region of the North West.

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