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Benefits of speaking English

Jobseekers who do not learn English will lose benefits, according to new plans announced by the Prime Minister of Tuesday.

Claimants will receive the offer of free English Language Courses, and if they don't accept the offer they will lose benefits.

Cameron said: 'We're saying that if there's something you need to help you get a job, for instance being able to speak English and learn English properly, it should be a requirement that you take that course, do that study in order for you to receive your benefits.'

The announcement was made as welfare reform minister, Lord Freud, was criticised in the Lords during the second reading of the welfare bill. Many have voiced a deep concern at the impact of the reforms on the disabled. And a proposed benefit cap for the long term unemployed has been singled out for particular criticism.

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