DfE ‘Grinch fund’ to save Xmas plays from election

According to Tes, funding has been announced to help councils to find alternative polling venues for the December election, to avoid schools having to cancel their nativity plays and carol concerts.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has written to returning officers asking them to keep disruption to school activities “to an absolute minimum” in their search for venues to serve as polling stations. 

The funding, being referred to in the media as “the Grinch fund” in reference to the Dr Seuss character who stole Christmas, will reimburse costs in identifying alternative venues.

“In every community there will be alternatives and I would ask that, wherever possible, these are used instead.” he said.

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