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STATUS QUO ON S11 GRANT FUNDING

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Around£86m-worth of projects to provide ethnic minority communities with English language teaching, other educatio...
Around £86m-worth of projects to provide ethnic minority communities with English language teaching, other education, social services, housing and help to find work, will benefit from continued home office funding up to August 1998 said home office minister Timothy Kirkhope.

'Ethnic minorities communities bring diversity and cultural enrichment to our society. I am determined that they, like everyone else, should have every opportunity to play a full part in the social and economic life of this country. Projects funded with section 11 grant have played an important part in this.

'Despite other pressures on public expenditure generally, we can assure local authorities, schools and colleges that the present level of section 11 grant will be maintained until August 1998.'

Funding under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 currently supports nearly 500 projects with 116 local authorities, 55 grant maintained schools and 37 further education colleges, involving nearly 8,000 posts; is mainly spent on teaching English as a second language in schools and colleges, and other work to raise the achievement of ethnic minority pupils.
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