Sheffield Council count cost of translation services

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Spending on translation and interpretation by Sheffield Council has more than doubled in three years.

A sharp rise has also been recorded in spending by other South Yorkshire councils.

Figures released by Sheffield Council showed it spent more than £200,000 in 2011-12 – an increase of 125 per cent on the £93,000 spent in 2009-10.

Meanwhile, Doncaster’s expenditure rose by nearly a third from just over £22,000 to nearly £29,000, despite a 2009 election pledge by Mayor Peter Davies to stamp out the practice.

The cost of translation has risen sharply despite huge cuts to other council services in the same period - totalling £140 million in Sheffield.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “There has been a significant increase in the city’s non-English speaking community over the last few years, especially the European Union migrant community, which explains increased demand.

“Many documents translated relate to children’s issues or adult social care services.”

Sheffield Council said its spending on document translation had not risen as sharply – by 19 per cent - over the same three-year period.