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‘Tragedy’ many school pupils won’t be back until autumn – chancellor

The chancellor has said it is a “tragedy” that many children will not be back in school until this autumn, i..

By admin , in England , at June 10, 2020

The chancellor has said it is a "tragedy" that many children will not be back in school until this autumn, in a blunt warning about the consequences of the lockdown for Britain's health, society and economy.

Talking to Sky News at a John Lewis department store amid preparations for the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, Rishi Sunak urged shoppers to return to the high street when general shops begin opening up in the coming weeks.

The longer the economy was shut down for, the worse the implications, he said.

Plans shelved for all primary pupils' return

Talking the day after the government's school u-turn, in which plans for all England's primary children to return for a month before the summer break were dropped, the chancellor said: "I personally think every day our children are not at school is a tragedy.

"It's obviously going to have an impact on their futures.


"That's why I'm so glad that as part of our measured and deliberate plan, we were able to reopen schools on 1 June for a number of pupils, especially our youngest children.

"I'm so grateful to the teachers and schools for making that a possibility, because I think that is something that is so vital for our country and for those childrens' futures."

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Mr Sunak added: "We can't do it all in one go, we have to take careful and measured and deliberate steps to do it, but that's what we're doing.

"We're working towards a plan that we've had. The good news is every week that goes on, we're making progress."

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Pubs and restaurants not opening yet

He insisted the government was meeting its self-imposed five tests to reopen the economy, despite concerns from government scientists about the resurgence of the disease.

He added that he was "proud" of the government's record in combating the disease – though he conceded that it had to "iterate" and change plans along the way.

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