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Court Interpreting Contract Extended to 2021

A decade of privatisation and cuts to the justice system have inflicted a heavy toll on access to and the administration of justice in England and Wales, from the closure … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Where is The Privatisation of Court Interpreting Heading?

On an average day, the services of professional spoken (foreign) and unspoken (deaf spectrum) language interpreters are required in over 600 civil and criminal cases heard before the courts and … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

Can You Hear Us? Interpreters and Detainee Welfare in Immigration Removal Centres

The United Kingdom has one of the largest immigration detention estates in Europe. While detention is punitive in nature, the measure itself is administrative and not criminal, for the non-offence … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Breakdown in Communication: Court Interpreting Privatisation

Almost seven years have passed since the privatisation of the provision of foreign language and deaf and hearing impaired court interpreting services across England and Wales. On the premise of … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Who Benefits from the Privatisation of Public Sector Interpreting? Part III

The ability to speak more than one language competently is not unusual in many parts of the world. This, however, does not eliminate the need for professional linguists. Interpreters, usually … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Who Benefits from the Privatisation of Public Sector Interpreting? Part II

Translators and interpreters are typically self-employed and work independently and alone. Prior to the recent introduction of public sector language framework agreements, spoken (foreign) and unspoken (deaf spectrum) language interpreters … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Who Benefits from the Privatisation of Public Sector Interpreting? Part I

The wholesale sell-off of public services in the United Kingdom through privatisation is almost complete. Under the guise of providing value for money and increasing efficiency, public services have fallen … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 2 Comments