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The Action for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) campaign group has welcomed the government’s decision to continue funding ESOL and other adult courses for people on ‘inactive’ benefits.
Action for ESOL is a campaign group made of teachers, students and other interested parties who lobbied the government to ensure jobseekers and other people in receipt of benefits would continue to receive access to ESOL tuition.
The Skills Funding Agency has confirmed that full funding is available for ESOL and other adult courses formerly subject to new restrictive eligibility criteria that would have excluded up to 75% of adults on ‘inactive’ benefits.
Action for ESOL was particularly concerned with the impact on non-native speakers of English who need English to support their children, find work, access education and play a full role in their communities.
Action for ESOL have identified the following changes as the most significant aspects of the government’s decision:
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