ESOL cuts

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A member of the public has asked me - via the 'ask a question' facility - to put the following question to you:

"What effect do you think the scrapping of the budget for mandated ESOL classes and the further and ongoing reduction in the SFA budget for ESOL have on adopted Londoners' ability to communicate in English?"


Answer for ESOL cuts

Answer for ESOL cuts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

English language ability is key to enabling individuals to achieve their full potential and contribute fully to the community in which they live. I do not currently have responsibility for skills budgets. I have written to the Chancellor requesting that as part of the Government's Spending Review that greater powers and funding over skills are devolved to me.  I have requested that adult skills and 16-18 funding in London is protected, including ESOL in order to meet future skills demand.  The outcome of these discussions with Government will not be known until after the Spending Review.