Maybe immigration policy needs to change and one of the criteria for gaining access to the UK would be to speak good English maybe it will after we leave the EU and with a bit of luck they will do strict background checks as well.
Found this from 2016 https://fullfact.org/immigration/immigrants-learning-english/
Why shouldn't speakers of language A speak it amongst themselves? I am sure all those native English speakers who are immigrants to other non English speaking countries speak in English amongst themselves. The issue surely is whether or not immigrants to this country should be able to/be encouraged to be able to, speak the language of the country in which they now live as well as their native ...
Well if someone can or will only speak Urdu then they will have a tough time interacting with anybody outside their community. It doesn't do much for social cohesion if a particular community refuses to speak the local language.
Because we are in the UK, and English is the national language? That doesn't answer the question. If I speak Urdu as my first language and the majority of the people I interact with in my community speak Urdu I should speak English so you know what I'm saying? Why is someone speaking a different a problem?
@burnside. And that is just the NHS, there is the police, local authorities, Prison service and many more. The total cost is mind boggling.
NHS spends £23m a year on translators - the NHS spends over 300 million A DAY so £23 million isn't that much out of the budget. Yes that £23 million could be spent elsewhere but we would still translators. You don't know the breakdown of that figure, for examples, how much of that £23 million was spent on UK residents vs tourists vs temporary residents?
I wouldn't disagree for one moment that if you go to live in another country that learning its language is important. So I think it important that courses should be available for those who have moved to this country whose first language isn't English. Migrants told to learn English upon entering UK face three-year wait ... https://www.independent.co.uk › News › ...
Because we are in the UK, and English is the national language? By the way, not having the ability to speak English costs the taxpayer dearly, this article is a few years old, the figures are no doubt higher now. NHS spends £23m a year on translators The health service spent £23m last year on translators and interpreters, an increase of 17 per cent since 2007. Experts said ...
- WARNING please note - form does not distinguish between park on the lawn and other suggestions e.g bicycle path and new bandstand, so if you agree with improvements you are in fact condoning approval for playpark, so that statistically the outcome could be that working group can say a high percentage of people agreed with "improvements"