Spending on court interpreters doubled in a year to over £15m
The cost to taxpayers of foreign language translators in the courts has almost doubled in a year to more than £15million.
The Courts and Tribunal Service, run by the Ministry of Justice, spent £15,537,821 on interpreters last year compared with £7,940,128 in 2012.
But the total is likely to be higher as the figures relate to a Government outsourcing contract with Capita and do not include bookings made elsewhere.
Justice Minister Shailesh Vara, responding to a Parliamentary query, said the increased outlay was partly due to “changes made to the contract” in May 2013 and an estimated 20 per cent increase in the number of interpreters needed at court hearings.
Mr Vara said: “The number of bookings made off-contract has substantially decreased since the start of 2012 with those bookings moving on to the Capita contract.”
He insisted that major financial savings had been made under the changes.