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Kate questions ministers on ESOL

We all agree that English language proficiency is vital for integration and participation in society and I was very concerned when I learnt that between 2010 and 2017, participation in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) has dropped 36% in the face of real-terms cuts of 53%.

This is not due to a lack of demand- with the majority of ESOL providers responding to polling from Refugee Action concerned about chronic under-funding and an inability to provide enough classes to meet people's needs - with in some cases three year waits for refugees. 

Earlier this week I asked the minister what additional funding the Government were going to put into ESOL. As you can see, her response suggests she isn't concerned about the big drop in participation at all. 

 

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