All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration: Interim Report on Integration of Immigrants
As has been reported in the press and on the media, the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has published a report that described
“speaking English as ‘the key to full participation in our society and economy’ and a ‘prerequisite for meaningful engagement with most British people’.”
The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) disagrees with this statement as there are many people in the UK who do not speak English for a number of reasons, including deafness, and some who never will, but they are still participating effectively in our society and economy.
In response to the press reports, SCoD wrote to Chuka Ummuna MP, Convenor of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration asking that the recommendation that ESOL classes should be compulsory for all immigrants to the UK be altered to include language provision for deaf people.