English schools in UK face closure due to Covid

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Now, after a year in which their revenues have fallen by more than 80 per cent, ELT centres face the prospect of another season disrupted by border restrictions and travel bans, while their debts pile up. For many schools, the start of 2021 “feels like Groundhog Day”, says Jodie Gray, chief executive of English UK. Classed as offices for the purpose of paying business rates yet in many instances told by councils that, as educational establishments, they do not qualify for business rates relief, ELT centres say they have been denied a lifeline thrown to leisure and hospitality businesses. Neither ordered to close nor told they can remain open, many have also missed out on grants directed at businesses instructed to shut during national and local lockdowns. “We have fallen through the cracks,” says Gray.

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