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English Language

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that those with limited English language skills who are claiming tax credit will be supported in making an application for free remission under proposed new arrangements for English as a second or other language provision. (124624)

All those applying for an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course will be eligible for full fee remission if they are in receipt of jobseekers allowance or an income related benefit including working tax credit.

They will be supported in their applications by their local college or training provider. The local learning and skills council will be able to provide details of local provision.

A race equality impact assessment is currently being conducted that considers further the impact of proposed changes to eligibility for ESOL courses and this will be published shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what projections he has made of the percentage of students who will receive full fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses following the introduction of new arrangements in August 2007. (124432)

[holding answer 1 March 2007]: Under the new arrangements, all those applying for an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course will be eligible for full fee remission if they are in receipt of jobseekers’ allowance or an income related benefit including working tax credit.

It is not possible to accurately project the percentages of students who will receive full fee remission for ESOL as this information has not previously been collected.

A race equality impact assessment is currently being conducted that considers further the impact of proposed changes to eligibility for ESOL courses and this will be published shortly.