Capita's job matching
This is interesting. I have also heard that Capita workers snatch far away jobs to make some money on travel time/mileage. Who is paying for the travel expenses and the extra cost? From what we know, Capita is getting around £34 flat per hour from the MOJ. Under the old system, a court would book local interpreters and the travel expenses would be minimal. If I do a simple calculation for a one hour job at the magistrates' court, a local interpreter under the old system would get £85 plus say £15 (half an hour each way) plus neglible mileage. Altogether about £100. A Capita worker living in London and taking a one hour job in Carlisle (300 miles away?) would cost £34 plus £240 in mileage plus around £60 in travel time. This would make the total of £334 as opposed to the £100!
Obviously this may be an extreme but even if you take a London-based Capita worker who takes a job in Birmingham, the total cost would be £34 plus £80 plus say £20 travel time which equals £134. Still more expensive than the local interpreter.
According to the FWA Capita should only get £34 for both the Carlisle and the Birmingham job. Who pays the rest? Should the MOJ be asked directly who pays travel expenses for the Capita workers? It is obvious that the original business plan based on the assumption that there will be a qualified interpreter within a 25 mile radius of each court is laughable and the cost is now much higher than before. But who is paying for it?