PI4J letter to Home Office CIU
Central Interpreters Unit
Interpreter Operations Unit
UK Visas & Immigration
New Hall Place
By Email: CIU@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Re: Introduction of reduced rates of Home Office interpreters’ pay from 1st January 2016
Professional Interpreters for Justice (PI4J) is an umbrella group representing over 2,240 interpreters from both the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) and the National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI). Our aim is to work with government to ensure the quality of interpreting available to the Justice System and in the Public Sector.
Reliable communication provided by qualified professional interpreters and translators is an essential resource which ensures that justice and human rights are upheld for non-English speakers and deaf people. This is put at risk if standards are dropped and quality is sacrificed.
On 20th November 2015 interpreters received a notice regarding a reduction in rates to due to take place on all bookings undertaken on behalf of the Home Office (HO), including UK Visas & Immigration, Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and HM Passport Office and any other bookings made through Interpreter Operations Unit, from 1st January 2016 onwards.
PI4J is extremely concerned about this decision to slash interpreters’ rates of pay, without any consultation with or input from interpreters and their representative bodies.