Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


20 OCT 2017

Refugee Action

Thank you for taking the time to email me about providing English language tuition for refugees.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Education is of interest:

The ability to speak English is hugely important for integration, and to allow refugees to feel at home in our country. The funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is not ring-fenced, but rather forms a part of the Adult Education Budget. Providers will use their allocation of this budget to put on appropriate provision based on their judgement of the economic and social needs of their local area. I would expect this provision to include ESOL where there is significant demand.
The pledge of up to £10 million to provide a programme to enable Syrian refugees across the UK to access language tuition, and integrate into British society is welcomed. This will go a long way in helping those coming to our country as refugees to play a full and active part in British society.
More widely, the foreign aid budget will be used to finance refugees for the first year they are here, and help local councils with things such as housing.

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