ESOL and ASB cuts (2)

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What do you consider the impact on Londoners will be of central Government's decisions to cut both ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) funding and the Adult Skills Budget (ASB) including for 'Mandated' ESOL courses, which are ESOL courses for unemployed people referred directly by Job Centre Plus because of their low level of English as a second language and who are obliged to attend in order to continue to receive benefit usually, Job Seeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance?


Answer for ESOL and ASB cuts (2)

Answer for ESOL and ASB cuts (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not currently have responsibility for skills budgets. However I recognise that the reductions will impact the availability of much needed provision for low skilled groups in London. I will be assessing more precisely the need in provision for ESOL as part of our ongoing reform and devolution plans.