Consultation on the Language Requirements for Public Sector Workers

Author: Jabeer Butt, Samir Jeraj, Dr Leander Neckles

Briefing series: Immigration Act

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: December 2015

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About this submission
As a leading national charity that seeks to advance racial equality and equalities more
broadly, we are profoundly concerned about the English Language provisions set out in part
7 of the Immigration Bill 2015/16 (see table 1).2 We are also concerned that the scope of the
consultation is too narrow and fails to properly address the requirements of the Public
Sector Equality Duty (PSED, see appendix 3).3 For these reasons, in addition to completing
the standard form provided for this consultation (see appendix 1), our response sets out the
Foundation’s concerns about:
 clause 47 (see table 1) (part 1);4
 the limited scope of this consultation, deficiencies in the associated Impact Assessment5
and the absence of an equalities analysis together with our recommendations (part 2);
 the draft code and responds to relevant consultation questions (appendices 1 & 2).6
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As a leading national charity that seeks to advance racial equality and equalities more broadly, we are profoundly concerned about the English Language provisions set out in part 7 of the Immigration Bill 2015/16 (see table 1). We are also concerned that the scope of the consultation is too narrow and fails to properly address the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED, see appendix 3). For these reasons, in addition to completing the standard form provided for this consultation (see appendix 1), our response sets out the Foundation’s concerns about:

  • clause 47 (see table 1) (part 1);
  • the limited scope of this consultation, deficiencies in the associated Impact Assessment and the absence of an equalities analysis together with our recommendations (part 2);
  • the draft code and responds to relevant consultation questions (appendices 1 & 2).