Stockport receives £300K from National Migration Fund

The National Migration Fund helps to ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration, such as tackling rogue landlords and alleviating rough sleeping.

Stockport Council is set to receive around £300k from a national £100m migration fund to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration, such as tackling rogue landlords and alleviating rough sleeping.

The new funding has been received from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) after the Council submitted a number of strong bids to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
In Stockport, the Council will use the funding for two projects within education and health, including a project to extend its bilingual teaching assistant programme. These assistants provide young children with little or no English with the support they need to have a successful start to their academic life. The initiative has already delivered impressive results in Stockport; and in 2017/18 after providing bilingual support to 201 children with English as an additional language, only 26 (13%) required support the following year.

Whilst in nurseries, only three of 65 nursery children benefiting from the intervention needed ongoing support.

Cllr Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education, said: “Bilingualism is a valuable asset for individuals and communities, and we are proud that Stockport is a place where bilingualism is celebrated. Our Bilingual Assistants training programme develops the language skills of both children and adults, promoting positive relationships and bringing strength and skills to Stockport.”

Tackling migration issues from another angle, the second project in Stockport has seen a number of open-spaces set up across the town to deliver ‘Life in the UK’ sessions, which cover everything from registering with a GP, when to put your bins out, rights at work, housing and life skills, education and employment, social and personal conduct, police, crime and the law.
Cllr Jude Wells, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “Several Stockport organisations are coming together to deliver Life in the UK sessions, which obviously introduces people from a different country to the UK, but also into the community of Stockport as well, welcoming them into everything our town has to offer.

“The sessions have been run across the UK for a number of years. I’m very excited that Stockport will be able to offer more of these sessions in Stockport to new members of our community.”

For more information on the CMF, please visit the Gov.uk website.