Census reveals stark language findings for East Lindsey

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English is not the main language for more than 1,000 residents in the East Lindsey district, new Census data has revealed.

The Office of National Statistics has announced that 1,204 of the district’s 132,634 Census 2011 respondents listed foreign languages as their primary tongue.

The second most spoken language after English was Polish with 637, followed by Hungarian with 133.

Overall, 98.6 per cent of East Lindsey’s residents speak English, which is well above the national average of 92 per cent.

In nearby Boston, however, only 86.8 per cent of Census responders listed English as their mother tongue, with a higher than average proportion of Eastern European languages, particularly Polish, contributing to the remainder.

Prime Minister David Cameron, responding to the national figures in Prime Minister’s Questions last week, said immigration had been ‘too fast’ and ‘too high’.

He said the last Labour government bore ‘a huge responsibility for not making responsible decisions’, and that net migration had fallen by a quarter since the coalition came to power.

Main language data was not included in previous censuses, so comparisons over time are not available.