Thousands of English Defence League supporters will be forced to learn English to the standard of a nine-year –old or face losing their benefits under new plans announced by the Chancellor George Osborne in parliament today.
Mr Osborne said it was a ‘reasonable requirement’ to expect people who want to work in Britain to learn the language.
Mr Osborne said:
From now on, if claimants such as EDL members or BNP supporters don’t speak English well, they will have to attend language courses until they do.
This is a reasonable requirement – it will help them compete with the foreigners who come here to find work and speak English much better than they do.
Around a third of the £350million in savings announced by the Chancellor will be spent on English lessons for EDL members to reach Entry Level Two standard – the average language ability of a 9-year-old.
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