Kingston leads the way with £338,000 of Government funding for English Language Courses
Kingston's Conservative led Council is set to benefit from £338,000 of Government funds, to support vulnerable refugees and migrants to learn English and engage in integration activities.
The investment, sourced from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund, will benefit Kingston’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Integration programme.
Conservative controlled Kingston is one of just forty local authorities across the country to receive the funding, which is set to create more independant communities and ease pressure on local services, including health and housing.
Those receiving the grants have all developed specific plans to ease local pressures arising from migration, and at the same time, deliver overall benefits to the wider community.
Kingston Council submitted the bid with local partners Kingston College, Independent Yemen Group, Learn English at Home and Refugee Action Kingston, who jointly form the borough’s ESOL and Communication Group. The group was set up in 2010 to work in a more strategic and coordinated way across the borough. The closer working of the different organisations means that learning and integration outcomes are widely improved.
The grants are the second allocations from the £100 million Controlling Migration Fund (CMF), following an initial allocation of £15 million awarded earlier this year. Kingston’s £338,529 funding will be split over two financial years, with the borough benefiting from £184,305 in 2017/18 and £154,224 in 2018/19.
The Leader of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Kevin Davis said:
We welcome the funding from the Government for our ESOL and Integration Programme that will make a real difference to the lives of these vulnerable groups of people in the borough. We have a strong partnership with local education providers, the voluntary sector and other community groups that will make this programme a real success. The grant will go a long way to provide a service that will give these individuals lifelong skills whilst delivering wider integration benefits for the community.