[lg policy] UK: End to free language classes for immigrants

Gareth Price gareth.price at DUKE.EDU
Wed Aug 3 01:39:39 UTC 2011

Thousands of vulnerable women face being priced out of classes that
enable them to learn English, under new rules launched tomorrow.
Changes to benefit entitlement mean almost 80,000 people across
England could lose the right to free language classes, with women
representing more than two-thirds of those affected – 58,900
enrolments – according to the Government's own assessment.

The move calls into question the Prime Minister's commitment to
promoting "integration" among migrant groups, critics claim. David
Cameron insisted immigrants to Britain "learn English, so that... they
can be more integrated into our country," in a speech in Parliament
earlier this year.

Full story: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/end-to-free-language-classes-for-immigrants-2329186.html

Dr. Gareth Price
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
316 Languages Building, Box 90259
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0259

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