Sunday, 11 January 2015

Councils spend £11m on language services

The Mail on Sunday claims it has carried out an investigation that shows councils in England spent £11m on language services in the most recent financial year, despite 2013 guidance from the Government telling them translation and interpreting should be used in emergency cases only. According to the paper, among the biggest spenders was Haringey Council, paying £232,592 for interpreters and £16,444 for written translations, mostly Turkish, Polish and Spanish. Elsewhere, it states that Sheffield City Council spent £226,280 on interpreters and £47,644 on translation into 61 languages.
The Mail on Sunday,

It is clear Urdu and Hindi languages are not worth mentioning.Perhaps English is now main language of those Urdu/Hindi speakers.

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