Almost One Million People In The UK Do Not Speak English

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (2011 Census), almost one million people in the UK do not speak English very well, if at all. The Census also found that Polish is the second most spoken language in England and Wales. In some parts of the country, a large percentage of the population speak another mother-tongue language to English and of those, many admitted that they could not speak English very well, if at all.

The figures reflect the result of immigration to the UK as well as the arrival of hundreds of thousands of workers from Eastern Europe over past decades. In some parts of the country such as Cambridgeshire, the local authorities are having to deal with 100 different languages which causes great difficulties in communication.

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