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Asked on: 29 April 2020
Economic Situation: Coronavirus
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to revive the economy following the lifting of restrictions put in place to address COVID-19.
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 14 May 2020

The Treasury’s priority is to support the economy through the immediate crisis. We have taken unprecedented steps to keep as many people as possible in their existing jobs, support viable businesses to stay afloat and protect the incomes of the most vulnerable. These measures aim to protect the productive capacity of our economy and to enable a strong and sustainable recovery from this crisis.

On 10 May, the Prime Minister set out the government’s conditional plan for reopening certain economic activities, whilst continuing to suppress the outbreak. Our economic strategy will therefore be closely coordinated with the public health strategy to ensure a safe return of economic activity.

(Worsley and Eccles South)

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Asked on: 15 January 2020
Department for Education
Schools: Worsley and Eccles South
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of school provision in Worsley and Eccles South constituency.
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 20 January 2020

Local authorities are accountable for providing sufficient school places and are funded by the Department to deliver this. The Department collects School Capacity Data annually from local authorities to monitor school place demand. According to this data, Salford and the constituency of Worsley and Eccles South has sufficient school places. Where changes are forecast by the local authority, plans are put in place to ensure sufficiency.

The Department collects and publishes information about the quality of places on GOV.UK on an annual basis. Local authorities are responsible for the quality of maintained schools and in the context of academies this lies with Regional School Commissioners who act in accordance with the Schools Causing Concern Guidance. Since 2010, we have provided through basic need funding capital to provide 3,942 additional school places. Salford has been allocated £58.3 million to provide new school places from 2011-2021.

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