English tests will be made compulsory for all public sector migrant workers, under manifesto pledges to be announced by Gordon Brown today.
All workers in contact with the public - such as nurses, community support officers, social workers and call centre staff - will have to pass a test to get a job.
At present, the requirement covers only doctors from outside Europe, police officers and teachers.
That's because the EU forbids the UK from language testing doctors from inside Europe. An insane policy that is costing lives.