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English Language

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has plans to extend the additional funding for English as a second language training proposed for London to other UK cities with large populations of residents for whom English is not a first language. (131824)

The Budget announced £5.7 million funding to trial short, work-focused approaches to provide training in English as a second language in the London Cities Strategy pathfinders for parents with English language needs on benefits and tax credits.

We will use this additional provision to supplement the current range of provision in London, targeting the needs of this priority group, helping to make better links between English language skills and employment outcomes.

Any extension of this approach into other cities will be considered after evaluation of the London pilots.