House of Commons
Future of the British Council
EDM #375
Tabled 23 April 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes with concern the impact of the global Coronavirus crisis on the ability of the British Council to continue its work across the world; notes that the British Council was founded in 1934 and is a Non-Departmental Public Body which assists in the teaching of English in over 50 countries and employs 1175 staff, 938 of whom are employed within the UK; further notes that in the past year over 4 million people have taken an English exam with the council generating £125 million for UK exam bodies and that in the last financial year the income of the Council exceeded £1.25 billion; is concerned that necessary measures taken in relation to Covid-19 have resulted in the closure of 203 out of 221 schools run by the British Council as well as the closure of 26 out of 41 test centres; is aware that the closures have had a devastating impact on the financial reserves of the council with funding likely to run out by May; further notes that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided some additional funding however this is unlikely to enable to Council to survive post Covid-19 due to a continued funding gap which may lead to mass redundancies and pay cuts in the near future; and; calls on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to commit to immediate, long term funding to ensure the continuation of this vital British organisation.

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