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Service reductions at the British Council

EDM (Early Day Motion) 273: tabled on 01 July 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House acknowledges the vital role of the British Council in promoting education, training and language across the globe; notes that it was created in 1934 to improve global cultural relations and social mobility and currently works with over 100 countries worldwide changing the lives of millions and helping people to understand other cultures as well as promoting British values; is aware that the British Council employs over 11,000 people across the world with over 1000 being UK based staff; is further aware that ordinarily the British Council generates 85 per cent of its income through teaching and examinations but has faced major difficulties due to the covid-19 pandemic; further notes that in 2020 thanks to the campaigning efforts of the PCS Union and other supportive organisations and individuals, additional money was secured from Government to see the organisations through its financial difficulties; is concerned that the loans provided as well as emergency funding has come with stringent and detrimental conditions determined by the FCDO including the sale of a section of its commercial business in India, a restructure resulting in a 15 to 20 per cent cut to staffing and estates related to the organisation potentially resulting in the loss of around 2000 skilled and vital jobs; and therefore calls on the FCDO to halt the redundancy process and support the British Council in future strategic and detailed planning which retains jobs and the valued reputation of the organisation across the world.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
Birkenhead
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
West Lancashire
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 July 2021
Dundee West
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
Easington
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
Stockport
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2021
Walsall South
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 July 2021
Strangford
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 July 2021
Glasgow Central
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2021
Edinburgh West
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2021
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2021
North East Fife
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 7 July 2021
Islington North
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 July 2021
Glasgow South
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 July 2021
Glasgow North
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 13 July 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 July 2021
Edinburgh South West
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 14 July 2021
Belfast East
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2021
Salford and Eccles
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 2021
Worthing West
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 6 September 2021
Cardiff West
Timms, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 13 September 2021
East Ham

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.