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English Language

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures his Department is taking to ensure that those least able to pay can access training in English for Speakers of Other Languages. (125201)

Those least able to pay 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.

Support for those wishing to access ESOL courses is provided by local colleges and training providers. The local Learning and Skills Council will be able to provide details of local provision.

A Race Equality Impact Assessment is currently being conducted to consider further the impact of proposed changes to eligibility for ESOL courses and this will be published shortly.