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    Mind Your English: UK Gov't Makes Typo in Call for Better Language Skills

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    The UK government has been left red-faced after a simple spelling error was found in an official response to a report calling on immigrants to improve their English language skills in order to better integrate into society.

    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid released a statement welcoming the findings of a recent review into immigration and integration in the UK, which drew attention to the "lower levels of English language proficiency" in some immigrant communities.

    However in an ironic twist, the word 'integration' was spelt incorrectly in the statement's headline, written as "intergration."

    ​Responding to the news of the unfortunate typo, the Department for Communities and Local Government told The Independent newspaper the error had been made by parliamentary note-keepers.

    "The Government subsequently discovered that this was a mistake made by Hansard and not the department, which Hansard has accepted."

    English Key to Integration in Britain

    The report stated that English language skills "were considered important to living in Britain by 95 per cent of respondents in the 2014 British Social Attitudes Survey."

    The findings, written by Dame Louise Casey, also highlighted the links between English proficiency, social integration and financial security.

    ​"In relation to integration and economic success, one factor that stands out strongly as a barrier to progress is proficiency in English," the report said.

    "English language is a common denominator and ensuring everyone is able to speak English enjoys strong public support."

    ​"Lack of English skills presents a clear barrier to social and economic mobility — going for a job interview, writing a letter to a bank or understanding the country you live in."


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