MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What benefits will your ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) initiative bring to Croydon and to Sutton for users and providers?


Answer for ESOL

Answer for ESOL

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is a London 'wide initiative and I would expect Croydon and Sutton residents, and organisations delivering ESOL in those two Boroughs, to benefit in proportion to the demand for ESOL currently being met in those Boroughs.Assembly Members will be aware that a combination of policy changes from national government and shifts in funding had threatened a significant proportion of London's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision for the forthcoming year.The scale of cuts in provision threatened to dismantle the framework for delivery of ESOL. This was unacceptable both in terms of the huge demand for ESOL but also because the London Skills and Employment Board (LSEB) is in the process of preparing its strategy for Skills and Employment in London which will be more closely aligned to London's needs than the current blunt national target regime. With the support of the Board, I am pleased to report that we have been able to put together a package of resources from the LSC nationally and from the LDA which will enable colleges and providers to maintain provision at this year's level. The funding is for one year only.The actual distribution to colleges and other providers is being done undertaken by the LSC, in consultation with the LDA. The intention is that the allocation of resources will be completed by the end of May.