In September 2019, the Government announced a review on support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The publication of this review has now been delayed for a third time.

I pressed the most senior civil servant at the Department for Education on when families and schools can expect to see the review published. As you can see, the permanent secretary was unable to give me a clear publication date.

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The Home Office is failing the Windrush generation all over again with the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Some affected individuals were approaching the end of their lifetimes as this tragedy befell them. Some have died without ever seeing justice.

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Today I publish my Annual Report as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. 

This report is published 12 months in which Whitehall has been tasked with addressing the most significant strategic issues the UK has been presented with in several generations. 

Read the report in full by clicking the pdf link below. 

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Today at the Public Accounts Committee, I questioned the most senior civil servant at the Treasury about Greensill and lobbying.

See here to watch the hearing in full 

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At 2:30pm today, I'll be questioning officials in charge of the UK's vaccine rollout.

 

I'll be asking about the Government’s approach in securing potential vaccines, updates on progress, and challenging officials on the early stages of the rollout.

 

Watch the Public Accounts Committee hearing live here

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I challenged the top civil servant at the Department for Education over the plans for schools returning in January.

I was astounded that the day before schools broke up for the holiday, the most senior education civil servant could not reveal any details whatsoever as no decision had yet been taken. 

The Government’s now rushed out further details, but schools have had no time to prepare. This is not good enough. I’ll continuing making the point to ministers and pressing the Government to involve school representatives in these decisions.

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Tomorrow at 10am, I'll be questioning officials from the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, UNISON, and Care England on how effective the Government was in supplying their frontline health and social care workers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Watch the full hearing from 10am by clicking here

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Many FE colleges are struggling financially, with concerns raised by the National Audit Office and Ofsted about the resulting impact on students' education.

 

This Thursday at 10am, the Public Accounts Committee will be challenging officials from the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency on how they'll support colleges to retrain and reskill people for the post-COVID jobs market.

 

Click here to watch the hearing in full.  

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Today at 2:30pm, I'll be questioning Government officials over the Ventilator Challenge. This was the attempt by Government to procure medical ventilators at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

I'll be asking:

 

- Was there value for taxpayers' money?

- Did it work to equip our NHS for the first COVID-19 peak?

- Is the NHS now prepared for a second wave?

 

Watch live by clicking here

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