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Government gives cash to Tower Hamlets from Controlling Migration fund to run English language classes

PUBLISHED: 15:14 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 21 November 2018

Deputy mayor Sirajul Islam (centre) shows government minister Lord Bourne an English language lesson at Bethnal Green's Sundial centre. Picture: LBTH

Deputy mayor Sirajul Islam (centre) shows government minister Lord Bourne an English language lesson at Bethnal Green's Sundial centre. Picture: LBTH

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Housing and Communities minister Lord Bourne has been on a fact-finding visit to east London to see how the government’s Controlling Migration fund is being spent.

He visited Bethnal Green’s Sundial Centre yesterday where English language courses are helping refugees and immigrants.

“This shows how the migration fund can be used for integration,” Lord Bourne said. “I have seen how it provides rapid support to recent arrivals and look forward to hearing more about its success.”

The council successfully bid for £500,000 from migration funding to run language and vocational classes, conversation clubs and volunteering activities.

Tower Hamlets deputy mayor Sirajul Islam, who took the minister to see an English language lesson at the centre, said afterwards: “We’re now better able to support newer communities with government funding to improve their life chances.”

The courses are aimed helping refugees and migrants build confidence, develop job skills and “feel connected” to the community.

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