English Language: Education:Written question - HL5306

Q
Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 21 January 2016
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
English Language: Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure on the provision of English courses for speakers of other languages (1) in further education colleges and other public sector bodies, and (2) in other ways, in each of the last 10 years, including the current academic year; which bodies will deliver the extra language tuition to be provided from the £20 million announced by the Prime Minister; and when that extra tuition will commence.
A
Answered by: Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The table below shows estimated funding for adult skills budget ESOL provision from 2009/10 onwards. We do not hold data before 2009/10 or collect data by the status of the providers.

BIS 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. The Department for Communities and Local Government funds a range of organisations contracted to deliver their current community-based English language projects.

Our new £20 million community-based English language training offer will be informed by the findings of Louise Casey's Review and the learning from the six community projects we have funded as part of our current integration programme. In particular, we will work with Louise Casey to identify the most isolated communities in England to make sure this programme is targeted at those women who need it most and on the detail of how it will be delivered. We are working towards as early a launch date as possible for the programme in 2016-17.

YEAR

BIS ACADEMIC YEAR ESTIMATED FUNDING* (Adult Skills Budget)

DCLG FINANCIAL YEAR FUNDING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS

09/10

£203m

10/11

£169m

11/12

£117m

12/13

£128m

£0.12m

13/14

£120m

£2.14m

14/15

£104m

£3.66m

*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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