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Immigrants push the police translation bill up to £22m

The recent immigration rocketed the total costs by two thirds in the last five years.

30 October 2008. Shadow Minister for Police Reform David Ruffley uncovered the details of the 60% increase on police bill for translators. The Conservative police spokesman said the police spending has risen to £22 million a year and for some individual forces the amount increased by 400% after the recent influx of foreign nationals.

Shadow police minister David Ruffley said: ‘These figures suggest we are importing more foreign criminals.

“As a result, police budgets are being hit and the sums involved could be better spent on more frontline policing of our streets.”

"The Government law and order policy is simply not doing enough to get resources for proper policing so they can get out on the streets and confront crime. Money spent on bureaucracy and processes means less for the bobby on the beat."
"That is why the Conservative proposal for a new Border Police Force must be implemented as soon as possible."

Using Freedom of Information requests, the Tory police spokesman David Ruffley discovered the police’s translation bill had rocketed from £13,580,599 in 2003/04 – the year before the EU expanded eastwards – to £22,178,040 last year.

In the Thames Valley police region the costs of providing those services has now goner through the £1 million barrier. In 2004 it was £477,273 and is now £1,082,083. Thames Valley Police has responsibility for policing towns near Heathrow Airport.

In Greater Manchester the costs of translators has almost doubled from £546,148 in 2004 to £956,461 this year.

The Conservatives deplore that such a large amount of taxpayers’ cash is being spent on translation and urge the Government to keep out foreign criminals and promote better integration of migrants who intend to settle in the UK.
New immigration minister Phil Woolas has signalled he wants this approach to change.

Other public bodies have also spent enormous amounts for translation services. The BBC estimated that translation services cost the NHS £55million in total every year.

Last week it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of pounds was being spent every year translating the NHS Direct telephone service into 160 languages, including Esperanto and Cherokee.

Other languages include Laotian – which is spoken by just one work permit holder in the UK, and Burmese with two permit holders.

According to research not one single child in full time education in the UK has ever been recorded as having spoken Cherokee, Akan, Homa or Cebuano, and yet the service is still provided.

The "international" language of Esperanto, which was invented, in 1887 and has less than 2,000 native speakers worldwide.

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