English Language Requirements for Public Sector Workers
22 December 2016
The Code of Practice (English Language Requirements for Public Sector Workers) Regulations 2016 come into force on 22 December 2016.
Under section 77(1) of the Immigration Act 2016 (c.19) a public authority must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role speaks fluent English. Under section 77(2) of that Act in determining how to comply with this duty a public authority must have regard to the code of practice issued under section 80(1) of that Act that is for the time being applicable to that authority.
The Regulations bring into force the code of practice issued under section 80 of the Immigration Act. The purpose of the code is to set out guidance for public authorities in relation to Part 7 of that Act.