The Government has chosen Peterborough, along with 4 other local authorities, to develop an integration plan, as part of a national strategy for England.
According to the Peterborough 2011 Census, in “10.0% of households no one has English as a main language.”
Like others, I do have my concerns around this announcement.
As from my own experiences, integration challenges are not uniform throughout the city, with different areas and communities having varying needs.
The Government has promised some £50m will be committed to the new strategy over the next 2 years.
According to the Government the “ambitious, long-term plan of action’ would ‘tackle the root causes of poor integration and create a stronger, more united Britain” by boosting English language skills, increasing opportunities for women and promoting British values in education.
I also remain confused as to why in our city, students over the years have been forced to learn German or French rather than Urdu or Mandarin? Plus, I would be concerned if we lost our city’s image as a proud and successful diverse society.
With that in mind, I’ve now asked the Councils Director for People & Communities:
- How much of the £50m has been allocated to Peterborough City Council?
- Is there a plan for what the money will be spent on yet and if so what is it?
- What has the Council been doing in recent years to help people integrate into their communities and how much of a budget does this action require each year?
- Also, the reports say funding for English speakers of other languages has fallen by 50%, so how much do we allocate in Peterborough for supporting English speakers of other languages and what services does that include?
What’s YOUR thoughts? Please feel FREE to let me know below!
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