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UK government bails out British Council

The UK government has given the British Council a second cash injection of £60 million, according to the Guardian newspaper. The money, which comes on top of £28 million previously advanced against future projects, should allow the Council to continue to operate until mid-August.

With most of its global network of teaching centres closed and numbers of students taking IELTS being hit badly, the Council has been losing £40 million a month. Former Higher Education Minister Jo Johnson, brother of the Prime Minister, has called for a levy from Britain’s hard hit Universities to pay a levy to the Council.

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Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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