Funding for English lessons for refugees and other migrants has been slashed by over 60% within the past decade, according to new figures. Metro News reports.
In the UK, there are around 800,000 people who are not able to speak English.
Despite Tory rhetoric on supporting everyone across the nation, more than £100 million has been slashed from the Adult Education Budget.
Figures by the charity Refugee Action showed that in 2008, around £212.3 million was spent on ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages.) By last year, that figure had plummeted to just £105 million.
Chief Executive of Refugee Action, Stephen Hale, said: ‘Imagine being forced to flee your home, leave behind your belongings and your entire life, and arriving in a country where you don’t know what anyone is saying.
‘You can’t book a doctor’s appointment, read street signs or even fill out the forms you need to get your children into a school.”
Alenezi, 34, from Kuwait arrived in the UK four years ago. She said: ‘I have children, and I’ve got to speak English to help them get what they need, speak to their teachers, talk to people – everything. And I want to integrate into British society.
‘If I speak English, I will be able to help my children learn, help them with homework, and help them learn the things they need to know.’
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