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English Language: Education

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in developing guidance for providers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) on the financial evidence that will need to be provided by learners to get fee remission for ESOL courses. (148581)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funding guidance for 2007-08 outlines the position on ESOL funding and details the categories of learners who are entitled to fee remission. This is available on the LSC website at:

www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/funding-policy/Furthereducation/Funding_Guidance_for_Further_Education_in_200708.htm.

In addition, the LSC has recently published guidance on use of the additional £4.6 million in 2007-08 to the Learner Support Hardship Fund which will support vulnerable learners, including spouses and low-paid workers who may need support to pay their ESOL fees. This is available at:

http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/nat-discretionarv-lsc-guidance-0708.pdf.