The government has announced a consultation on the funding and provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
In October 2006 the government had announced plans to limit the free entitlement to ESOL courses, which threatened to further exclude and marginalise so me of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Lecturers, students, community groups and unions launched a campaign to defend ESOL provision in response.
Sally Hunt, UCU union general secretary, said, “We have consistently warned that bringing in fees for ESOL would hit vulnerable people and jeopardise community cohesion.”
The UCU lecturers’ union has welcomed the consultation as an opportunity to demonstrate how imposing limits on ESOL provision affects those who rely upon it and to defend the service.