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SECTION 11 FUNDING TO BE MAINTAINED

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Thousands of people who depend on learning English as a second language will welcome the decision to fully fund Sec...
Thousands of people who depend on learning English as a second language will welcome the decision to fully fund Section 11 grants across England and Wales, home office minister Mike O'Brien said.

Section 11 funding is mainly used to teach English as a second language in schools. The prime minister announced that previous plans, which would have led to significant cuts, would not stand.

Mr O'Brien said:

'This government inherited spending plans for section 11 which would have seen the fund drop substantially in 1998/9, and in future years.

'The prime minister has now made it clear that these plans will not stand.

'This is a significant step in fulfilling the government's policy of creating a one-nation Britain. We want a nation where everybody has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Language is their most fundamental requirement.

'Thousands of teachers' jobs and other educational provision will also be safeguarded.

'This announcement is a key statement of the government's commitment to equal opportunities for everyone, particularly those people for whom poor English will no longer be a barrier to a better future.'

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