Storm over English language deadline for Immigrants

Dame Louise Casey, who wrote a report for the government on integration in 2016 has said that the Government must introduce a deadline for when every citizen in the UK should be able to speak English. She has said that lack of social cohesion is one of the biggest problems the UK currently faces and that bold positive steps must be taken to alleviate this problem.

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Dame Louise said: "I would be quite old school about this and I would set a target that says by 'x' date we want everybody in the country to be able to speak a common language. I don't care how we've got here, I don't care who can't speak English, I don't care what's going on. But what I do know is everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language and I think the public in particular would feel some relief.

I think parts of the North, where we've got a very significant white working class population who feel incredibly alienated, who do not have, frankly, hope... they can't say that their kids will grow up with better lives than they have themselves."

Dame Louise has faced criticism from politicians such as Chuka Umunna who see her as being too outspoken and populist in her views whilst others have hailed her straight talking directness as a breath of fresh air.

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