£1m of taxpayers' money spent on foreign language interpreters by Dorset Police and the CPS

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Sounds quite modest to me Mar 30, 2014

Before anyone starts howling that it's a lot of money...

A million over FIVE YEARS.
200,000 per year.

OK, over a million over five years, and all of £224,696.35 in 2009/10

£ 18 725 per month in the most expensive year.

Try converting that into the hourly rate for an interpreter, plus expenses, preparation time and so on.
This is the public sector, so are they paying £30 - 40 per hour ??
I really have no idea, but how many interpreter-hours do you need for a court case?

Or a word rate for translating legal documents.
(I don't know what British agencies pay Polish translators, but I ask for GBP 80 for a thousand words...)

Just a few thoughts.

I wonder what a country like Denmark pays (total population around 5.5 million, language not widely spoken out of Denmark). English taxpayers just can't complain about the cost of translation and interpreting by comparison with what others probably have to fork out.

[Edited at 2014-03-31 15:32 GMT]


neilmac  Identity Verified
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Storm in a teacup Mar 31, 2014

Yep, as the article states, "high but declining costs "... in other words, nothing to see here, move along now please. It must have been a slow news day.

It's an example of DM-style* clickbait, defined as "the lowest form of social media journalism, full of sensationalized headlines", designed to get the reader to click on the item in umbrage.

*Daily Mail (UK)

[Edited at 2014-03-31 16:00 GMT]


XXXphxxx (X)  Identity Verified
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More right wing news Mar 31, 2014

for the anti-immigration lobby. Really, why are we posting this kind of "news"?

[Edited at 2014-03-31 15:16 GMT]


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"News"? Mar 31, 2014

I agree Lisa, why was this story flagged?


Kay Denney  Identity Verified
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Clickbaiting Apr 1, 2014

I have a rule of thumb that works quite well for me: I never read an article with the word "taxpayer" in the headline (or if I do, it's only to marshall my arguments against whoever might wave said headline in my face).


Tom in London
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WHo is it? Apr 1, 2014

Who's the taxpayer referred to in the headline - which refers to a single person - ?

Whoever that person is, I feel sorry for them, although if this person was able to pay £1m in tax, they must be pretty well off.

[Edited at 2014-04-01 19:19 GMT]


Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
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There's a political context, of course... Apr 1, 2014

But of course, the reasons that headlines like this appear aren't really to do with a rational calculation of how much you would expect services to cost in a civilised society. Rather, they're essentially playing on a political climate that exists in the UK at the moment.

Once you understand that the UK has a large number of undereducated, parochially-minded bigots (or "British people concerned about their British identity and the influx of foreigners taking their jobs", as politicians sometimes refer to them) who buy populist newspapers, then you start to understand the reason behind such headlines...icon_smile.gif


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