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Using migrants as springboard?

2015
Influential councillor David Simmonds (Con) from the Local Government Association (LGA), calls on the government to provide more resources to the councils as David Cameron indicates to take in more Syrian refugees.

"The big challenge is that there's been a lot of well-publicised pressure on our public services, school places, hospital access, housing - in many parts of the country”, argued Hillingdon Cllr Simmonds on a Radio4 programme.

This reminds what happened about fifty years ago where such a marginal funding was asked for and made available but lost its intended focus and was hardy effective. Public money is as important now as it was then!

1966
A problematic view of immigrants was legalised by the Local Government Act of 1966, accepting a typical negative definition “immigration is the great social problem of this century and of the next. It is only right that local authorities which have to incur unusually large expenditure in respect of it should receive some help”: Sir David Renton MP reasoned for the section 11 of the Local Government Act of 1966 (Hansard p1308)

Section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 allowed Home Office grants to local authorities who in the opinion of Secretary of State were 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.

In 1999, the department of education’s Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) replaced Home Office 'Section 11' funding because of public uproar about the premise and misuse of the funding which became specific to EAL (English as an additional language), mostly keeping the support staff in schools (generally even most second and third generation children are tagged as ‘EAL’ because someone at home does not speak English as the first language)!

In 2011, despite significant opposition, the Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant was mainstreamed into the Direct Schools Grant (DSG) and schools were allowed complete freedom over its use without any inbuilt accountability mechanism. This contrasts with the requirement on schools to fully account for their use of pupil premium funding annually and to evaluate its impact.

From April 2013, an 'EAL' factor could be included in local funding formulae to enable schools in England to meet the needs of bilingual pupils. Near 87% of all local authorities chose to include an EAL factor in their local formula in 2014/5 to benefit from £243 million delegated to schools through the EAL factor.

The minimum funding levels for EAL in 2015-16 was set as Primary £466 Secondary £1,130 per pupil.

Once an immigrant, always an immigrant! 5/9/15
 

   

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