We are very excited to see that the BBC is expanding into 11 more new languages accross the globe - this brings the total to 40 languages! The new languages will be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba.

BBC World Service is the largest radio broadcaster in the world, it will have a coverage of 500 million individuals by 2022!

Please see here for more details.

Central Government funding for ESL/AL


The Section 11 Grant - 1966

Funds were made available to local authorities with high proportion of commonwealth immigrants in 1966 under section 11 of the Local Government Act:

(1) Subject to the provisions of this section the Secretary of State may pay, to local authorities who in his opinion are required to make special provision in the exercise of any of their functions in consequence of the presence within their areas of substantial numbers of immigrants from the Commonwealth whose language or customs differ from those of the community, grants of such amounts as he may with the consent of the Treasury determine on account of expenditure of such descriptions (being expenditure in respect of the employment of staff) as he may so determine.

(2) No grant shall be paid under this section in respect of expenditure incurred before 1st April 1967.”[1](Chapter 42 of the local government act, 1966) 

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