Coronavirus daily update: Monday 29 June


The Labour Party has backed a children’s rights charity taking legal action against the government over the relaxation and removal of local authorities’ statutory duties to vulnerable children.

Tulip Siddiq has welcomed a judicial review over the emergency legislation. Picture: Parliament UK
Tulip Siddiq has welcomed a judicial review over the emergency legislation. Picture: Parliament UK
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Labour urges government to reinstate rights for children before judicial review

Ministers must reinstate local authorities’ statutory duties to vulnerable children ahead of a judicial review against the Department for Education next month, shadow early years minister Tulip Siddiq had said.

The comments come after children’s rights charity Article 39 was given the green light to go ahead with legal action against the government on Friday over the removal and relaxation of safeguards and protection for children.

Siddiq said: “This bonfire of children’s rights was unnecessary and dangerous, especially at a time when vulnerable children face increased threats. It is welcome that this is being challenged in the courts, which we hope will lead to the changes being scrapped.

“The government has clearly got this wrong, and it was disappointing to see Conservative MPs voting against Labour’s motion to reverse these changes despite warnings from children’s charities about the impact on vulnerable children. Ministers must now take heed of this legal challenge and act swiftly to reinstate legal protections for looked after children in full.”

PM pledges £1bn to rebuild schools

The government has pledged £1bn of funding for 50 major school building projects in 2021.

More information on the 50 projects which will take place over the next 10-years will be announced in the autumn with construction of “brand new school buildings” beginning in September next year, the Prime Minister said.

He also pledged £650m to upgrade crumbling schools and a further £200m for further education colleges to pay for urgent repairs this year in a bid to help settings “bounce back” from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Welsh school pupils return to classrooms

Schools in Wales are today reopening to more children three months after lockdown restrictions were imposed.

The Welsh government has said the reopening of schools to around one third of children at any one time will give them the chance to “check in, catch up and prepare" for a full return in September.

Covid-19 outbreak in Milton Keynes nursery

A nursery in Milton Keynes has been allowed to remain open after 23 members of staff, pupils and parents tested positive for Covid-19.

Acorn Nursery, which operates in the Westcroft Centre, in Milton Keynes, said that those who tested positive for coronavirus come from individual “bubbles” within the building and had been isolated.

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