English Language: Education:Written question - 59503

Q
Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 11 January 2017
Department for Education
English Language: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information the Government holds on the amount of funding from the public purse which has been made available for lessons in English for speakers of other languages in constant prices in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Robert Halfon
Answered on: 19 January 2017

The table below shows estimated funding for adult skills budget English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) provision from 2009/10 onwards, and also includes funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government. We do not hold data before 2009/10.

Funding for ESOL is allocated by the Skills Funding Agency as part of a provider’s adult skills budget. In addition, there are a number of ESOL courses funded through the Agency’s community learning budget, but we do not collect data which enables us to provide a breakdown of the expenditure on these. SFA-funded providers which deliver ESOL include Further Education colleges, local authorities and a few other providers

From 2013/14 the Department for Communities and Local Government has directly funded six projects to engage isolated adults with poor or no English who had not previously accessed mainstream training.

YEAR

DfE ACADEMIC YEAR ESTIMATED FUNDING* (Adult Skills Budget)

DCLG FINANCIAL YEAR FUNDING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS

2009/10

£203m

2010/11

£169m

2011/12

£117m

2012/13

£128m

£0.12m

2013/14

£120m

£2.14m

2014/15

£104m

£3.66m

2015/16

£90m

£2.53m

*(Formerly the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) – funding values are estimated using data from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). Estimated funding provides an indication of the level of government funding and should not be treated as actual spend.

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